i've been a supporter of koivu after all these years, but tonight he absolutely pissed me off. he's our captain he showed no heart, couldn't accept a pass, couldn't make a pass and couldn't even shoot the ****ing puck. absolutely terrible performance.
I don't understand? Koivu slumps in Jan-Feb every year...Why does everyone act surprised? He turns it up in March and has multipoint games from then on out.
It happens every year! Why does everyone always act surprised?
#1 that's a problem
#2 Slumping is is one thing...but he's just not playing well at all, not finishing simple plays. I think Higgins/Kostitsyn have done some good things but it seems when it gets to Koivu to make the 'play' it falters...
I don't think he's done...not remotely, in fact I think a change of scenery might rejuvenate him (that's another topic). But you see eroding skills with Koivu, and I think to maximise what he's got left, he's got to play with more established players than he has now.
Koivu didn't play well, no doubt about that but even during 2-on-2 rushes Higgins and Sergei looked completely out of sync and almost always tossed it too heavily into the corners, turning the puck right over.
All 3 stank tonight, it just happens that Koivu mucked that simple pass reception in the circle.