Thread: Ilkka Heikkinen
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12-10-2009, 06:28 AM
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Ilkka Heikkinen will be returned to Hartford if no D is injured tonight....

"We definitely need to work with his feet," Tortorella said of Heikkinen. "But he'll hit people. I like his jam."

Rookie defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen, who subbed for Redden against Buffalo and Detroit, was scratched and if we stay healthy hell probably go down to Hartford, said Tortorella. Heikkinen, signed as a free agent last summer, needs work on positioning. I like his jam, and its something that we need. He did fine. (But) I dont think theres anyone head and shoulders above, down there, that needs to be up here all the time in case of these injuries. Getting a taste of the NHLs faster pace, which he said was similar to the Finland National Team, will help him in the AHL, Heikkinen said. Ill react differently and that should be good.

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