“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Well I wouldn't consider the best player of the SM-Liga to be a minor signing, but what do I know.
Ville Leino was voted the best player in the SM-liiga's regular season. Pesonen was the leading scorer.
Here's the list of their leading scorers over the past 10 years:
1998-99: Jan Caloun (HIFK)
1999-00: Kai Nurminen (TPS)
2000-01: Petri Varis (Jokerit)
2001-02: Janne Ojanen (Tappara)
2002-03: Tomas Kucharcik (HPK)
2003-04: Timo Pärssinen (HIFK)
2004-05: Steve Kariya (Ilves)
2005-06: Tony Salmelainen (HIFK)
2006-07: Martin Kariya (Blues)
2007-08: Janne Pesonen (Kärpät)
So yeah, minor signing. Not that I wouldn't love for him to be Selanne v2.0.
He was getting over 1million$ deals from Russia but chose not to take them because his aim was to play in NHL. So the deal could be for lesser money but has to be one way otherwise he couldn't have accepted it. He will get his roster spot and he will be fine. Great scorer, was one of the main penaltykillers in Kärpät, played every important minutes throughout the season, played playoffs with a broken hand...