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05-08-2006, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Uppercorner
Maybe there but I was talking about local Finnish interviews (just few days ago). I tried to give an "objective" opinion based on those interviews (of course they can be interpretations from the journalists). He said he expected positive things to happen after OG and was really surprised (shocked) to find out he was placed on the bench and that ate his confidence... There was also a TV interview with Tik today and he was laughing at Flyers' demanding Niittymäki to return for surgery - when he's not even under contract. Here's the video clip (Windows media file, in Finnish):

You can check the "scandal" as Finnish broadcast company says here:

Edit; rough translation of one part:

"Niitty's NHL contract ended with this season so he's playing on his own risk (no team insurances) in the WHC. If Team Finland succeeds in Latvia and perhaps wins gold medals, Niitty's market value will rise considerably. Philadelphia can't anymore dictate where he plays."

Niitty doesn't answer phone calls during the tournament, team has decided to let him concentrate on the games. So, if he plays fine - as I trust - there will be several GM's knocking at his door by the end of May. Detroit perhaps...
The Finnish media has it wrong. He is under contract until July 1st. If the Flyers are demanding he comes home, they have every right to because they still own him.

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