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Mikko Koivu’s days with the Minnesota Wild are numbered

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It’s the end of an era in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Wild announced on Friday that they will not be bringing back captain Mikko Koivu for the 2020/2021 campaign.

“His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup. Off the ice, Mikko’s impact in the State of Hockey was immeasurable as he went out of his way to make a positive impact on so many people in our community, including his charitable contributions to Children’s Minnesota.” said Wild GM Bill Guerin.

“We thank Mikko for everything he has done for our organization and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

The 37-year old has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the franchise. During his tenure in Minnesota, he posted 205 goals, 504 assists and a plus-70 rating in 1028 games. Koivu, who was been the Wild captain since 2009, is the franchise leader in games played, assists and points.

Rumors have suggested that the veteran will continue his playing career in his native Finland. He is not interested in playing for any NHL franchises other than the Minnesota Wild.

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Corey Seager wins 2020 World Series MVP

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Some more hardware is coming to Corey Seager’s trophy case. After winning the NLCS MVP earlier this month, he can now add World Series MVP to the repetoire.

Following the Dodgers’ 3-1 win to capture the 2020 World Series on Tuesday night, the league rewarded the 26-year old shortstop with the World Series MVP honors.

Throughout the six game series, Seager posted a .400 batting average, 1.256 OPS, two homers and 5 RBI, which included driving in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning last night.

The Dodgers won their seventh World Series in franchise history, and their first since 1988.

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Avalanche ink Devon Toews to four-year extension

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The Colorado Avalanche have reached a deal with their newly acquired defenceman.

The team announced that they have signed veteran d-man Devon Toews to a four-year, $16.4 million contract extension with an average annual value of $4.1 million.

Toews was initially acquired in a trade that sent two future draft picks to the New York Islanders earlier this month.

The 26-year old has amassed 11 goals and 35 assists in 116 career NHL games.

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Leafs avoid arbitration with Ilya Mikheyev, sign him to a two-year extension

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The Toronto Maple Leafs reached an agreement with restricted free agent Ilya Mikheyev on Tuesday, signing him to a two-year, $3.29 million contract extension that carries an annual average value of $1.645 million.

The 26-year old Russian, who signed with the franchise out of Russia prior to last season, posted eight goals and 23 assists in 39 games before being sidelined for the remainder of the regular season due to a wrist laceration. He eventually returned for the Leafs’ five qualifying round games against the Columbus Blue Jackets in August.

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