Mikko Koskinen in net for the Edmonton Oilers.
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Former Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen announces his retirement

Published April 2, 2024 at 8:47

Early this morning, reports emerged from Finnish News that former Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen will officially retire.

Koskinen played 168 games in his five seasons in the NHL, almost entirely with the Edmonton Oilers from 2018-2021. In 2019 the Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli signed Koskinen to a three year contract for $4.5M each season, which was really always too rich for him. Unfortunately near the end, Koskinen's contract paired with subpar goaltending became an anchor for the Oilers.

The 2019-20 season, his second year with the Oilers, was Koskinen's real standout year in the NHL. In 38 games, he posted a 2.75 GAA with a .917 save percentage. In the next two years after that, he registered a much lower .899 and .903 respectively. After leaving the Oilers, Koskinen played 65 games with HC Lugano in the Swiss National League.

One of the more interesting notes about Koskinen is that he's currently tied for being the tallest goalie in NHL history. At 6'7, only Ben Bishop and new Flyers goaltender Ivan Fedotov are as tall as Koskinen.

Though it wasn't always great times with the Oilers, fans were still treated to some incredible games from the Three Meter Koskinen. We wish Mikko all the best in his retirement and next chapter in life!

In other Oilers news today, the team will look to bounce back from their 3-2 loss to St. Louis last night, and prepare for a much bigger test against the Dallas Stars tomorrow. Aside from all the disallowed goals, the highlight of the night may have been Evander Kane's spirited fight with Blues' defenceman Tyler Tucker. Stay tuned for updates from practice later today and much more!
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