The sweet taste of birthday cake, the celebratory annual occasion that was the birthday party. Whether it was a fun time spent at home with some friends or a more staged party at a restaurant or an arcade (the places where most of people of our ilk played their first video games) it was a time where it was all about the big day. You'd open gifts, and relish at being the center of attention for one day each year. Maybe some of you were generous enough to try to bring in everyone on the celebration by bringing treats to class (which is kind of the current norm by the way). Yet over time the annual celebration really fades after your 16th birthday doesn't it? Here's another question you can ask yourself. At what point in your life did a birthday stop becoming a celebration and more or less a nasty reminder that you are just getting older? Where now if you happen to go out on your birthday you almost plead with those around you not to remind the restaurant staff that it is in fact your birthday for fear of being serenaded with an embarrassing and sappy 'Birthday Song' because they're not allowed to use trademarked Happy Birthday ditty. I'm 35, so I wouldn't say I dread this day most of the time but I have to admit it starts to make me put my age into perspective when I think that if I was an NHL'er I'd likely be considered to be in the twilight of my career. By the way I can hear your jokes about how I'm in the twilight of my blogging career but I'm ignoring them.
So why am I talking about birthdays? Well that's because the Wild have a birthday of one of their own to celebrate as the team's captain, Mikko Koivu celebrates the big 3 0 today. Happy Birthday Mikko! You could say the Wild have already given Koivu his birthday gift as they still have him signed through the 2017-18 season at a hefty $6.75 million per year. Its the gift that keeps on giving, to Koivu at least. So will Koivu and the Wild deliver the fans of Minnesota a birthday treat or will Anaheim supply a nasty birthday spanking?
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