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#41 Finnish Wing

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 11:34 AM

Hudler's a natural center too. Let's put him between Franzen and Cleary or Bertuzzi and see how it works.

I'm totally OK with that.

As for the "paying for potential" part...

Tim Connolly is only three years older. Connolly is a proven commodity

Again as I said, "proven" isn't always the better option. Connolly has already proven what he can do and what kinda player he is. Leino is one of the better examples of these so called "late bloomers" in the recent years.Leino being younger is of course positive as well, but the potential lies more in the fact that he's only played one full NHL season.

I'm not looking at statistics here, eva. I know you like to play with them in every case. I've been pretty correct about Leino from the beginning. Of course I hope success to him, but I also firmly believe that he still has potential. I don't have too much statistic data to back it up, but it just a gut feeling.

To me this is the first time his given a clear and big offensive role at this level. I just smell +60 points next season. I also know by watching him play a LOT in the last nine years that he has developed a lot defensively also, particulary last year.
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 12:32 PM

Leino has his first goal of the season for the Buffalo Sabers. Looks pretty good as of now.
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Tootoo does NOT belong on this team. He is classless and I would rather see the Wings be bad than classless. I feel the same way about Bertuzzi as well, but he at least CAN make the team better. With Tootoo the team becomes worse and in danger of being classless. Would you have liked Claude on the team? Or Roy? No. So why would you be okay with that POS.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 08:17 AM

i wonder if he'll make it for more than 2 years on this team..
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 08:41 AM

i wonder if he'll make it for more than 2 years on this team..



Why wouldn't he? What do you think is the reason for him not to be with Flyers anymore?

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:49 AM

I just picked this guy up as a free agent in my fantasy league. Hopefully he keeps up the pace of 82 goals!

I think he will have a few strong years on Buffalo, that team is the real deal, and Leino is almost guaranteed the #2 centre spot. Dont really have to worry about his defensive lapses with Regehr, Myers, Erhoff, and Miller behind him!

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 11:04 AM

I just picked this guy up as a free agent in my fantasy league. Hopefully he keeps up the pace of 82 goals!

I think he will have a few strong years on Buffalo, that team is the real deal, and Leino is almost guaranteed the #2 centre spot. Dont really have to worry about his defensive lapses with Regehr, Myers, Erhoff, and Miller behind him!



I agree with this,he'll do well there. Leino is a great talent and would do well almost anywhere at this point, his confidence is must be real high since leaving here. For whatever reason the stars were not in alignment for Ville here but I am glad to see him having solid career going.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 07:20 AM

Uh-oh, he's already stirring the pot.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:22 AM

Why wouldn't he? What do you think is the reason for him not to be with Flyers anymore?

Likely the 27 million reasons.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:35 AM

Uh-oh, he's already stirring the pot.


Huh?

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:24 AM

Huh?

I assume he's referring to the lack of production. 1G, 1A, 8 GP.

I haven't heard anything about him being a disruption or locker-room problem.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 02:01 PM

I assume he's referring to the lack of production. 1G, 1A, 8 GP.

I haven't heard anything about him being a disruption or locker-room problem.

In the pre-game show on the radio the other night, they said that Leino had twice gone to Coach Ruff and said that he would sooner play on the wing than at centre. Apparently, he was told when he signed he was signed as a centre and not as a winger. Whether it was done on purpose or not, Ruff let this story "slip" to the media. When he was moved back to the wing the other night v. Tampa Bay, it was maybe his best game of the early season, playing on a line with Derek Roy and Drew Stafford.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:37 PM

In the pre-game show on the radio the other night, they said that Leino had twice gone to Coach Ruff and said that he would sooner play on the wing than at centre. Apparently, he was told when he signed he was signed as a centre and not as a winger. Whether it was done on purpose or not, Ruff let this story "slip" to the media. When he was moved back to the wing the other night v. Tampa Bay, it was maybe his best game of the early season, playing on a line with Derek Roy and Drew Stafford.

Wow, the guy really has an attitude for someone who hasn't done s*** in the NHL except for one good playoff season.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:41 AM

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 12:41 PM

Wow, the guy really has an attitude for someone who hasn't done s*** in the NHL except for one good playoff season.


When a player is telling his coach his opinion it doesn't necessarily mean that he has an attitude. It happens all the time in every team.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:35 PM

Uh-oh.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:07 AM

Leino's pretty much as useless in Buffalo as he was in Detroit. He did well with the Flyers because he was playing on a nit-and-grit team on which his linemates did literally all of the hard work. Not so in Buffalo.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:09 AM

The Finish Fail is back folks.
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:48 AM

Pre-Flyers 09-10 Leino is back.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:08 AM

Leino's pretty much as useless in Buffalo as he was in Detroit. He did well with the Flyers because he was playing on a nit-and-grit team on which his linemates did literally all of the hard work. Not so in Buffalo.

You don't win games by only working hard. You don't win games by only having talent. You need both.

That's also why some lines work and some lines don't. You need combinations of both. And Kassian-Adam-Leino line has been their best line in the past few games. Reminds me a lot of the Hartnell-Briere-Leino line from last year and the year before. It's a nice mix of power forward on the wing, sniper on the center and playmaker on the other wing.
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:40 AM

Sure Leino's not doing well in Buffalo and his attitude didn't seem to be right when he played here. I don't get why some fans hasn't still gotten over a player who was a healthy scratch two seasons ago? Wings lost nothing in acquiring him and later trading him away. I didn't like it when he stated that he doesn't want to spend another season in the AHL but I wasn't that hurt that I would still gripe about it. Many players feel like he does but are wise enough not to say it aloud. Then again players would go crazy if besides all the pressure of playing in the NHL they had to care what fans think about them.

Edited by P. Marlowe, 09 December 2011 - 03:39 PM.

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