Former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu will have a second Montreal homecoming Thursday night when he returns to the Bell Centre with the Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Thursday’s game will mark only the second time Koivu has played in Montreal since leaving the Canadiens as a free agent following the 2008-09 season.
“In a way, it’s a little easier to come back the second time,” the 38-year-old Koivu told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs on Wednesday afternoon after checking into the Ducks’ downtown hotel.
“It’s a little less hectic this time than the time before and that’s kind of the way I want to do it.
“There’s not as much hassle — well, not hassle, but the press conference and all the media attention the first time. I’m hoping I can kind of relax and enjoy the day a bit more than the last time, when I felt the butterflies even a few days before.”
Koivu planned to spend a quiet evening Wednesday over an early dinner with friends before facing the Montreal media Thursday morning at the Bell Centre for the Ducks’ game-day skate.
(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)