This is a selected translation from a French article in today's Lapresse reagarding Koivu's career :
"When I arrived to Montreal, at the beginning of my career, the Canadiens had a strong team. Everything was going well and we beleived that we were going to be good for a long time. But the situation started to deteriorated. Then when I signed my new contract a few years ago, many people started to ask why I wanted to stay. I did not want to play somewhere else because I beleived that the future was very promising for our club. Today, we start to see the result. To feel the emotion of the fans on the stand, you have to play in Montreal. Each player dreams to play in a big game like the one on Monday."
"It's not easy for me to comeback physically from my injury. In term of execution speed, I feel that I am not 100%. But the little bit of rest will help me get better".
Koivu exemplifies why so many believe Finnish players to be much like Canadian players. They seem to give it more in the playoffs and play a similar style in international play.
He has been my favourite player for a long time.
Some fans who constantly criticise Koivu are simply taking him for granted. We saw what a difference he made when he came back from his broken foot. The offense is much different without Koivu. Koivu has the ability to create more open ice than any Habs player on the team right now. The Habs offense was almost non existant for the first 5 games against Boston. It's no coincidence they scored 9 goals in the final two games with Koivu in the lineup. Koivu had 3 points in 2 games. All were crucial assists. The offense simply has more flow with him there.