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#21 drwscc

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:19 AM

We're getting our own "Sedin twins" (I know they are not actually twins)
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:22 AM

Honestly, there is nothing to dislike about this signing. Val's brother cost almost nothing to gain a player with some obvious offensive potential, even if it's only to play with the kids in GR. What's the worst that can happen? He plays terrible and returns back to Finland while we lose nothing. What's the best that can happen? He plays solid in the preseason and provides some decent offense while invigorating his brother. What will probably happen? He'll spend the season in Grand Rapids and help the offensively starved Griffins score some points. No downside.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:31 AM

This isn't the offseason signing i expected nor wanted :(

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:33 AM

Yes, not only will he help our depth, but we also will have the best Eurodance team ever.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:43 AM

Honestly, there is nothing to dislike about this signing. Val's brother cost almost nothing to gain a player with some obvious offensive potential, even if it's only to play with the kids in GR. What's the worst that can happen? He plays terrible and returns back to Finland while we lose nothing. What's the best that can happen? He plays solid in the preseason and provides some decent offense while invigorating his brother. What will probably happen? He'll spend the season in Grand Rapids and help the offensively starved Griffins score some points. No downside.

That's my thought too, I just would have preferred it be at least a 2 yr deal, so if he does blow everyone away, we don't have to give him a raise, or lose him in the off season... plus, he could still return to Finland, we'd just own his rights... stilll nothing to dislike about this signing! :thumbup:

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:52 AM

I more or less got off to the fact that we had one Filppula....now that we have two...my god :ph34r:
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:55 AM

No worries every Finnish elite league team has some of the ugliest uni's ever! Prepared for Finnish Wing to nail me on this one :hehe:

No clue on this kid's potential but the skill set seems to be there so we will see if brother can score more. Not sure about that last statement, meant more points. Bah whatever potential dual Flips. I'm in by what the videos are showing.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:59 AM

i was pretty surprised to see this. if ilari was coming to north america, it would make sense that he comes to the wings/griffins org, but it was kinda out of left field. i'm glad they signed him though. it would be cool if he panned out and played on a line with val.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:05 PM

He might add a little scoring depth to Grand Rapids' third line, but I'd be surprised if he accumulated more than 30 points, assuming he even makes the team.

But I'll be ready to eat my words if he wants to net 80.


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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:08 PM

We're getting our own "Sedin twins" (I know they are not actually twins)

yeah make sure you specify that or you will get flamed on here and strung up.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:10 PM

If he makes the Red Wings that would be really cool but I'd be very surprised considering he isn't what they really NEED.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:26 PM

That's my thought too, I just would have preferred it be at least a 2 yr deal, so if he does blow everyone away, we don't have to give him a raise, or lose him in the off season... plus, he could still return to Finland, we'd just own his rights... stilll nothing to dislike about this signing! :thumbup:


Just own up, you knew this already and this is what you meant by 70 points by Filppula(s) .:hehe:

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Hopefully this works out.

Edited by HankthaTank, 16 June 2010 - 12:27 PM.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:27 PM

I hope he makes the team and plays on a line with his bro. I just think that would be fun to see.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:29 PM

I hope he makes the team and plays on a line with his bro. I just think that would be fun to see.


I'm sure there will be a least a few games he plays with the Wings and we get to see that.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:40 PM

I'm all for a Ritola-v.Filppula-i.Filppula 3rd line :thumbup:

That said, I have no idea what i.flip's potential is. But one can hope he is a steal.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:42 PM

I hope he makes the team and plays on a line with his bro. I just think that would be fun to see.


the filppula cycle? :ph34r:

if my dad sees this post he'll kick me in the junk :lol: dude hates the sedin's

either way, i hope this turns into a good signing.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:43 PM

Haha take it easy guys. Sarcasm is not allowed my bad...

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 01:00 PM

I think I saw that he wears #81. Thats just such a bad ass number! Man am I looking forward to this kid. I really hope he makes the team right out of camp. :thumbup:
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

They're probably bringing him in (like everyone said) as depth/for GR, and to push Ritola in camp. Either way, looks like we have a #81 again if he keeps it.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 01:37 PM

The 2 Filppulas are almost the exact same height and weight and they look exactly the same. They have a very similar playing style (shocker). I expect Big Filp to do well, he tore up the SM Liiga last year and was the playoff MVP. He could be our next 3rd line scorer, and I do expect him to make the Wings during the pre season. He is also said to be very strong on the puck for the league he plays in, but we all know how little that means when it comes to converting to North American hockey.

Edited by cjm502, 16 June 2010 - 01:46 PM.

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