The internet sure is fast-Lepisto's Wikipedia page already updated. From Hockey's Future:
Lepisto's main strengths lie in his offensive game. He has good overall puck skills, including an excellent left-handed onetimer. He also has a good vision of the ice. Perhaps his greatest asset is, however, his confidence with the puck, which is rarely seen from a player as young as he is. He is mentally very strong and doesn't seem to mind playing under extreme pressure. While his confidence is mainly an asset, he also has a habit of being over-confident, which sometimes leads to turnovers. His physical development isn't quite on par with his skills, and he needs to further develop his skating and defensive game.
he may have played well in 4 career playoff games, but that does not make me forget 10 years of his bonehead passes, missed D assignments, ill-timed icings, and was hurt almost as much as he played the last 4 years, not to mention that he makes 3M per season that would be better spent on an upgrade.
you call me a blind hater, I call you a blind lover.....we agree to disagree about Klesla
I only count four or five such years myself. He's played very well while uninjured.
I frankly have never had a high tolerance for the fools who can't stand Klesla for whatever reasons they struggle to invent and reinvent when they get cornered with facts, and seeing him go just reinforces that. The guy was an effective player here the last few years when he was able to play. He wasn't able to play often enough. Sucks, but that's life sometimes. Stop pretending he sucked, otherwise we'd have gotten nothing for him. I'm not in the mood.
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Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!
Interesting, can't link it but Porty just tweeted that many around the league felt Rusty didn't hate to lose enough, summing up the club pretty well for a while there. Sounds like the writing has been on the wall for him for some time now.
Mixed feelings for sure. Love what rusty brought in the playoffs but I really like Upshall and Lepisto is a C+ Puck mover which is alright. If this isn't our only move I'd be a little disappointed. Although with all of our UFA forwards we could sign Upshall for a good bottom six role.
I would go out on a limb and say that was our wad that we just blew. If people are happy with a second or third line guy with 27 pts or a Dman who has never scored a PPG than you obviously don't want to make the playoffs. We don't even have enough in our top 6 to make the playoffs. no doubt we are playing well right now even though our winless streak continues in NSH (0-11-5), Howson brings in another 2nd or 3rd line guy and will try to pass of as a 1st or solid 2nd line guy still not addressing our need for a PMD or strong 1st or 2nd line center. I hope and i repeat i hope to eat so much crow, but it seems so much of the same. we have never had a winner so i know that we don't know what it is like, but winning teams make big moves and we just don't make good or big moves to make us that much better. How long can Calvert go on this streak? I am just pissed!! Lay into me now.
I'm bummed because I like Rusty, but super stoked to get the return we got. I wish Rusty could have been healthier more often, because lets be honest, he was our best defenseman for long stretches. Truly didn't live up to the hype, but I still think he was a solid dman. Wish him the best in the desert.
I like Upshall, alot. Like Lepisto's upside. Lepisto could be moved to get Liles (although I don't see that happening.) But then I thought we'd struggle the last two weeks and sell, sell, sell. I think this trade works for both teams. Also like that the deal on the west coast means we get these two boys in the lineup straight away.