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Sun Sentinel: Montreal's Koivu a good fit for Cats?

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From Steve Gorten: Koivu, who made $4.75 million last season, is 34 years old, but is a two-time All-Star and a three-time Olympic medalist. And despite missing 17 games last season because of a foot injury, he still totaled 16 goals and 34 assists, including five-game winning goals. He has averaged 60 points the past four seasons. W4E say: No. Way. He's an inspirational leader given his bouts with health issues, no doubt, but far less effective on the ice. Witness his team's inability to make a dent in the playoffs. Montreal's done nothing with him in the lineup. Though this probably has far more to do with the Habs' management than the captain himself, are the Panthers in a position to take such a chance? Florida must win now. The luxury of a rebuilding process is unavailable to them in this market; they've been rebuilding for a decade. "Strong" leaders from the late '90s/early '00s simply aren't an option. It's either coming from within (Stephen Weiss?) or via acquisition of a modern-day captain.

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