when was the last time a free agent crop was as bad as this year's ?
Never! it is so horrible!
Imagine being a fan of a team who views free agency as its ''draft'' or ''second draft'' that would sure suck. It's Richards or bust for many teams and the rest is usually bargain basement crap a few weeks into free agency but this year in high demand at huge prices!
If they go into the season with the defense as is, which seems more and more likely, I would love for them to go after Leino. High skill guy who can help the 2nd unit PP and has been money in the playoffs.
Leino is just as beastly in the playoffs as Fernando Pisani. He had 1 great playoffs, but didn't do anything this year. He'll be grossly overpaid at $4M. PASS
I'd cut him some slack, as last season was his first full season in the NHL, he was stuck behind a deep team in Detroit, got moved to Philly & in his first NHL playoffs he has a stellar one for the rookie ages, his next season, his first full 81 games he scores 53 points.
In 11 games in the 10/11 playoffs has 5 points, with 3 goals, more than Raymond scored in 24 games, our 2nd line LW who is soft as butter and tends to shoot right at the goalie most of the time.
Leino is really strong on the skates, and is uber hard to knock off the puck, Philly fans are in love with this guy for a reason.
Originally Posted by Sedinery2011
Leino PLZ Gillis..the guy is a beast in the playoffs..thats the type of guy we need. I just hope we can get him for a reaosnable price.
Yeah he'd be the best option right now, he's a late bloomer and would look great playing with Kesler, and who knows how much better he can get, as this will be his 2nd full NHL season.
Plus he's clutch!
On May 10, 2008, Leino signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Due to the Wings salary cap issues, Leino was then assigned to affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock commented that Leino was the "best player" he had ever sent to the minors. Ville was eventually recalled from the Griffins on January 29, 2009.
In the first period of his NHL debut on January 31, 2009, Leino scored a goal against goaltender José Théodore in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Leino is one of the few players that have scored a goal in their first NHL appearance.
Leino signed a one-way, two-year extension with the Red Wings on July 6, 2009.
On February 6, 2010, Ville Leino was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Norwegian defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 5th-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Leino had two goals and two assists in fourteen games with the Flyers in the regular season.
Leino started the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the press box, but injuries to Simon Gagné and Jeff Carter called Leino into action. Forming the most potent line in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Daniel Brière and Scott Hartnell, Leino recorded seven goals and fourteen assists for 21 points in 19 games. This tied the rookie record for most points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs held by Dino Ciccarelli.
On March 12, 2011, Leino recorded his first career hat-trick against the Atlanta Thrashers.
On April 24, 2011, during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against Buffalo, Leino scored the game winning goal in overtime of game 6 of the series to bring Philadelphia even with Buffalo, 3 games to 3.
How much do you think MG should offer this guy? I'd be almost inclined to give him a Franzen like contract. at a lower cap hit of course.