Mikko Koivu remembers looking around the ice and seeing all the new faces during the Wild's first day of training camp.

There were Matt Cooke and Keith Ballard plus plenty of other newcomers. Koivu realized he was the last of an era still with the Wild.

His time with the Wild predates coach Mike Yeo general manager Chuck Fletcher and owner Craig Leipold. And for the first time thanks to the departure of winger Pierre Marc-Bouchard it predates every player.

"That's obviously a big change" Koivu said. "It's something that you don't really think about daily but when you think about it you realize that a lot has changed. The coaching staff changed there's new management. All of that."

There are more changes in Koivu's life. His fiancee gave birth to their first child Tuesday a daughter named Sofie.

Koivu said he didn't get much sleep Tuesday night. "I'm a little bit confused" he said of being a father.

But after a long nap Wednesday afternoon he was rejuvenated as the Wild skated to their fourth win in five preseason games a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center. They have one preseason game remaining before opening the season Oct. 3.

For the third time since starting his career with the Wild nine seasons ago Koivu made the playoffs in 2013. And for the third time he and the Wild lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The only full-time captain in Wild history took the brunt of the blame for the inability of the Wild's top line to score in the five-game series loss to Chicago.

Koivu didn't record a point in the series. He was a minus-6 in five games.

Disdain for the 30-year-old center reached a peak at the end of the series. Fans called into Twin Cities radio shows asking for Yeo to strip him of his "C." His performance was bashed.

Whether it was fair depends on whom you ask.

"I don't think it was at all" Yeo said. "Mikko will be the first to tell nobody wanted to win more than he did last year. And he wishes things turned out differently last year for sure. I personally don't think it was fair because he was matched up against (Chicago's Jonathan) Toews and when you think about the things he did ... Toews didn't score a goal either in the series but nobody talked about that because (Toews) had other people (scoring.)"