I for one hope that Ossi stays with us for awhile.For years we've been *****ing about our defense and stablity back there and injuries, etc. Ossi brings that with Timmonen of course.Id be fine if he stays and we bring up some of the forwards slower if that makes sense. Just my .02.
“It’s nice to have a few guys from Finland on the team,” Kukkonen said. “You can speak your own language, and it’s especially nice for me and Ossi because we’re rooming together on the road.
“It’s a lot of fun. Ossi is the funniest by far. I don’t think he plans what’s going to happen, it just happens. He says some funny stuff.”
That’s true. Vaananen has that high school class clown mug that can evoke laughter just by making an oddball face.
Vaananen signed as a free agent in the offseason after taking a one-year break from his NHL career (Phoenix, Colorado) to play in Europe. He’s played probably beyond everyone’s expectations.
It didn’t take him long to fit right in. Having some Finns around certainly helped.
“We do talk Finnish once in a while with each other but, then again, we have to mostly keep it in English because of the other guys on the team,” Vaananen said. “But for sure, it’s nice to have some countrymen on the team.”