Koivu will earn $3.25 million.
The length of the free agent contract dovetails with the one signed by
Koivu had 16 goals and 34 assists last year in Montreal, which squeaked into the playoffs and was eliminated in four straight by the Boston Bruins. Koivu, one of 10 Montreal UFAs, became a focal point for discontent with the Canadiens, a heritage franchise that did not reach a conference final since he joined it in 1995. The Canadiens did not offer Koivu a contract for next season.
The Minnesota Wild had been interested in signing Koivu to join his brother, Mikko, but Saku was reluctant to play with his emerging younger sibling because he thought it would hinder Mikko's progress.