"I don't know if you guys caught the last game ... I mean, he won every battle," Setoguchi said. "He makes good plays, he can shoot the puck. He's the complete center man."
Just one thing was missing. In the first year of a seven-year, $47.25 million contract, Koivu still didn't have a goal. It was a stat that highlighted the slow start of the Minnesota Wild's top line that was assembled by GM Chuck Fletcher over the summer. Koivu, Setoguchi and Dany Heatley were reunited as a line on Tuesday night, and during the first intermission of his team's game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Wild GM conceded the trio and his team are still a work in progress.
"We thought it would be. New coach, we have six new forwards from last year to this year," Fletcher said. "Anytime you throw those elements together, you're going to have a lot of inconsistency in your performance and a lot of work that has to be accomplished before you get to where you want to get to."
As for Koivu? Fletcher's faith in the captain was unwavering.
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