Koivu agrees to 2-year, $5 million extension.

The Ducks have signed unrestricted free agent Saku Koivu to a 2-year extension worth $2.5 per year, keeping the center in Anaheim at a slight pay cut. Koivu, who turns 36 in November, joined the Ducks in 2009 on a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

Ducks general manager Bob Murray said that he believes that right wing Teemu Selnne is still contemplating retirement, and the Koivu signing was not tied in his mind to Selnne’s decision. But the two Finns share the same agent, Don Baizley, and Koivu’s return certainly won’t dissuade Selnne from coming back.

Murray said that addressing Selnne is his next priority before making another foray into the free-agent market. Earlier Thursday, the Ducks signed free agent defenseman Toni Lydman.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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