I think the Rangers and Immonen both made a mistake by not trying to resign him. I think he can be a 3rd line centre for us this year.. He did not look bad in the games he played with the Rangers the past few seasons. Im shocked no team like Thrashers, Jackets or Hawks wont take a chance on him in a trade, his value aint great now.
I thought he had decent pontintial, but his legs or lack there of may have cost him in the long run.... we will probably never know his true potential unless he comes back to the NHL later on which I doubt will happen....
but am fine with the potential of top 9 forwards this team currently has. The third line center position, or lack thereof, will be noticed a lot less this season now that there are two top centermen on this team. Last season, this team seemed to lack centermen for the second and third lines.
Immo have been really good in sm-liiga, he is the points leader right now...
He had 3goals and 2 assist + 1 winning SO goal in 3 games.
Im shocked Sather did not trade him. Heck we got a 7th for Russell, we should get a 4th or 5th for Immonen. Maybe he is in the plans for next year. I doubt Sather wants to lose him for nothing when he becomes an ufa.
I was kind of surprised that he chose to bolt this year. I thought he would give it one more go and then head back to Finland. There might have been other personal reasons too, you never know, but I thought that this would be his opportunity to make the team and stick.
It is surprising to me that no team decided to take a chance on him, like a Columbus or something. I guess nobody would give hima 1-way and it wasn't worth it to him if he wasn't definitely going to be in the NHL.
Not sure what the salary is, but the SM-Liiga probably isn't a bad living at all.