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10-01-2010, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by infidelappel View Post
I didn't say when things work out, it's luck. But Leino was incredibly lucky. It was a minor transaction for a depth forward that turned into a mindblowing playoffs because they found chemistry. Nobody on earth thought that would happen. That, I call lucky.
To call it luck, you'd have to have access to the Flyers' scouting reports, which they no doubt have on every player in the league. I'm sure their Finnish scouts had been looking at him, as with other overage players over their who might become available. And he did lead the league in scoring so it wasn't like he was an unknown.

Homer said at the time of the trade something like, 'we've had our eye on him for awhile and when he became available we made sure to acquire him.'

No one can predict he would've broke Propp's rookie scoring record, but he was a guy with proven record, who was older, and who had played well in Detroit.

That Leino was a talented offensive player at the NHL level was known. Detroit only dealt him (out of the West for that matter) because they had no cap room and a full roster with Franzen coming back.

Sometimes you have to do these things, to keep kids like Helm or Abdelkader in your org.

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