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#21 Miller Brew

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 04:37 PM

Per Mlive 20 minutes ago.

Red Wings recall forward Mattias Ritola, likely to replace Ville Leino for Columbus game

By Ansar Khan
December 27, 2009, 4:13PM

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings recalled forward Mattias Ritola from Grand Rapids. He likely will replace struggling Ville Leino in the lineup for Monday's game in Columbus, though coach Mike Babcock said after Sunday's practice that he hadn't decided whether Ritola will play.

“I don’t have any idea what I’m going to do yet,'' Babcock said. "After the game last night we just went through our lineup and thought maybe here’s a guy who can help our team, so we called him up. We’ll decide what we do tomorrow.’’

Leino has just three goals and three assists in 35 games, but the lack of production doesn't upset Babcock as much as his lack of competitiveness.

Ritola practiced on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller, while Leino was the odd-man out.

“Anytime someone comes in and moves into the spot you were in and now you don’t have a line, I’d say that’s a message,'' Babcock said. "But it’s not about sending a message anymore. We got to be better. You get so much opportunity and if you don’t take advantage of your opportunity, somebody else gets the opportunity.’’

Here are the lines they skated with:

Bertuzzi-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Ritola-Filppula-Miller
Draper-Helm-Eaves
May-Abdelkader-Maltby (Leino working in)

Lidstrom-Rafalski
Lebda-Stuart
Meech-Janik

Howard (starting at Columbus)
Osgood

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 04:39 PM

^ Leino!

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 04:46 PM

Haha Leino sucks.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 05:10 PM

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...struggling Ville Leino...

An understatement.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 05:38 PM

Good decision by Babcok. Leino hasn't done enough to justify regular minutes.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 05:59 PM

QUOTE (The Mule @ December 27, 2009 - 02:38PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good decision by Babcok. Leino hasn't done enough to justify regular minutes.

Ritola's done more? blink.gif

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:05 PM

QUOTE (Theophany @ December 27, 2009 - 10:59PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ritola's done more? blink.gif


Yes. Its called effort.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:08 PM

Must be a pain in the ass driving back and forth from detroit-grand parids.. don't know the distance but it must be a few hours since its on the other side of the state.. but i guess it's better than los angeles' ahl team which is located in new hampshire tongue.gif

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#29 Theophany

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:11 PM

QUOTE (mindfly @ December 27, 2009 - 03:08PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Must be a pain in the ass driving back and forth from detroit-grand parids.. don't know the distance but it must be a few hours since its on the other side of the state.. but i guess it's better than los angeles' ahl team which is located in new hampshire tongue.gif

I would guess they fly him in, but in reality it's only something like 2.5 hours to GR from metro Detroit. Not really bad either way.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:11 PM

QUOTE (cusimano_brothers @ December 27, 2009 - 05:10PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
An understatement.


I would call it lazy and not motivated Ville Leino.
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#31 Miller Brew

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:11 PM

QUOTE (mindfly @ December 27, 2009 - 06:08PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Must be a pain in the ass driving back and forth from detroit-grand parids.. don't know the distance but it must be a few hours since its on the other side of the state.. but i guess it's better than los angeles' ahl team which is located in new hampshire tongue.gif


2.5 - 3 hours probably. Not that big of deal, really. Though the weather is really, really crappy today. We just got dumped on with heavy snow....

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:14 PM

QUOTE (Theophany @ December 27, 2009 - 05:59PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ritola's done more? blink.gif


Ritola had a fire lit under his ass last night. Anyways, I find it hard to believe Ritola could not put up 6 points in 35 games playing on the second line. Leino is a major underachiever.
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:31 PM

QUOTE (cjm502 @ December 27, 2009 - 06:14PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ritola had a fire lit under his ass last night. Anyways, I find it hard to believe Ritola could not put up 6 points in 35 games playing on the second line. Leino is a major underachiever.


You can't say that. Justin Abdelkader only has 6 points in 35 games... and he was centering the 2nd line and centering the 2nd PP unit. Abby even had time with Bert and Cleary (before Cleary went down).

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:42 PM

wow props on babcock for not buls***ting around and telling Leino stop being a *****
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 07:01 PM

QUOTE (Miller Brew @ December 27, 2009 - 06:31PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can't say that. Justin Abdelkader only has 6 points in 35 games... and he was centering the 2nd line and centering the 2nd PP unit. Abby even had time with Bert and Cleary (before Cleary went down).


Still, despite being scratched multiple times, and playing on the second line thats all he did. Abdelkader was also supposed to spend this season in Grand Rapids, remember? Abdelkader has also spent most of his time on the 4th line up until just recently.
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 07:03 PM

Don't expect to see Leino much longer. I have a feeling he's just gonna book it back to Finland* soon.

So many Swedes, I lose track sometimes!

Edited by ShanahanMan, 27 December 2009 - 07:13 PM.



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Posted 27 December 2009 - 07:09 PM

and after his vacation in sweden, he'll go back to finland

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 07:10 PM

QUOTE (ShanahanMan @ December 27, 2009 - 07:03PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Don't expect to see Leino much longer. I have a feeling he's just gonna book it back to Sweden soon.


Or Finland? ph34r.gif

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 07:11 PM

QUOTE (uk_redwing @ December 27, 2009 - 06:05PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes. Its called effort.


This.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 07:14 PM

About time.

Leino is like Robert Lang, minus the good looks and the occasionally clutch goals.
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