LW Toni Rajala - Luleå HF, SHL (2009, 101st, EDM; UFA)
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01-17-2010, 10:02 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
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Current coach is Heikki Mälkiä. Ilves are last place in the league and playing piss poor. Mälkiä's style of hockey is very "un-ilves like", coupled with the poor results, fans have been wanting to get of rid him for a long time.
As for why Rajala wants to return to Finland, a lot of people think he's regressed in the CHL. E.g. coach of the U-20 team Hannu Jortikka said in his post tournament blog at a website that in his opionion Rajala made the wrong choice. "It seems while working on improving his weaknesses, they forgot to work on his strengths (ie. skating)."
Wouldn't his reasoning be his mandatory military conscription? I thought I remember reading at the start of the year he'd only likely be in the CHL for a year then would be back for the military thing.
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