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10-25-2012, 07:05 PM
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Minnesota Wild Players Playing Elsewhere During The Lockout Thread

Mikko Koivu had his first game in the Finnish Elite League, SM-Liiga, today. He played as first line Center for Turku TPS. Other lockout players in the team include Lauri Korpikoski of the Phoenix Coyotes, Alec Martinez of the Los Angeles Kings and Kris Russell of the St. Louis Blues. In goal TPS has ex-Shark Antero Niittymäki.

The game was TPS's 90th anniversary game and they hosted Tampere Ilves (Lynx), the most prestidigous SM-Liiga team of all time (the Canadiens of Finland). Both teams however are at the bottom of the standings. After tonight's loss, TPS is dead last at 14th place and Ilves is now 13th.

Mikko's stats below. He did well although his team lost.

OCT 25, 2012: ILVES @ TPS 5 - 3
G 2, A 0, P 2, +/- +1, PIM 2, S 5, TOI 25:07

Highlights later on when they appear on Youtube.

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10-25-2012, 07:10 PM
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Meh Finland's bound to get some more NHLers. It's a solid league.

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I thought Saku was playing there too?

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Spurgeon is in the Swiss league right?

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I thought Saku was playing there too?
Nope, but I wouldn't if he joins the team soon, a chance to play with his brother. Then we'll get some Filppulas vs Koivus action between TPS and Jokerit.

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Spurgeon is in the Swiss league right?
Huh, that had slipped by me, apparently by the stats he hasn't been too great, 0+3 in 8 games but -7.

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10-26-2012, 01:09 AM
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Spurgeon is in the Swiss league right?
I thought he was playing for Woodbury.

Come on, just because there's a lockout doesn't mean we can't make fun of Spurg for looking like a 14-year old, right? Right?

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I thought he was playing for Woodbury.

Come on, just because there's a lockout doesn't mean we can't make fun of Spurg for looking like a 14-year old, right? Right?
His wife is hardly 14, woman is a fox!! Spurg you da man

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10-26-2012, 04:39 AM
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Meh Finland's bound to get some more NHLers. It's a solid league.
SM-Liiga has a lot of lockout players.

Boston's Rich Peverly
Carolina's Jussi Jokinen played for 8 games, has returned to NA. His contract was only for 8 games.
Dallas' Stephane Robidas and Philip Larsen
Detroit's Valtteri Filppula. Cory Emmerton played for one period and was injured. He broke his finger and has returned to NA.
Edmonton's Lennart Petrell
Florida's Sean Bergenheim, injured, has returned to NA.
Los Angeles' Alec Martinez
Minnesota's Mikko Koivu. Kurtis Foster is scheduled to play his first game in Finland today.
Nashville's Craig Smith
NY Islanders' Jesse Joensuu and Frans Nielsen
Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris
Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker and Lauri Korpikoski
San Jose's Jason Demers and Antti Niemi
St. Louis' Kris Russell

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Here's highlights of Koivu's first game in SM-Liiga yesterday. TPS is home team and plays in white. As it was a 90th Anniversary game, TPS wore nostagic jerseys in the first period.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlW50s9ar4I

Koivu's goals @ 1:51 and and 2:10.

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I wonder if Erik Karlsson is eligible to the SM-liiga rookie award. If he is he might win it over Alexander Barkov which would be kind of funny considering his play in the NHL.

EDIT: actually Barkov isn't eligible. He played 32 games last season so it was his rookie season already.


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I wonder if Erik Karlsson is eligible to the SM-liiga rookie award. If he is he might win it over Alexander Barkov which would be kind of funny considering his play in the NHL.
I don't know how he have played mostly but against my team Blues Karlsson wasn't so good. He made many bad passes and got stripped out of the puck couple of times.

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Foreign players aren't eligible for the rookie of the year award. And then there's also the case of Riku Helenius, who would've theoretically been eligible last season, but because he had so many games played in AHL and SEL, he had to settle for just the goalie of the year award. So I doubt any lockout players would be considered for the trophy anyway.

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Does anyone else find it ironic that Granlund is finally in the U.S., and NHL'ers are playing in Europe?

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Koivu's TPS won today against Blues in OT where Mikko scored the game winner. Here's his stats today.

OCT 27, 2012: BLUES @ TPS 3 - 4 OT
G 1, A 0, P 1, +/- +1, PIM 6, S 7, TOI 25:03

Mikko's stats after 2 games: G 3, A 0, P 3, +/- +2, PIM 8, S 12, average TOI 25:05

Highlights later on.

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Koivu's TPS won today against Blues in OT where Mikko scored the game winner. Here's his stats today.

OCT 27, 2012: BLUES @ TPS 3 - 4 OT
G 1, A 0, P 1, +/- +1, PIM 6, S 7, TOI 25:03

Mikko's stats after 2 games: G 3, A 0, P 3, +/- +2, PIM 8, S 12, average TOI 25:05

Highlights later on.
And what a goal it was, Korpikoski did an OUTSTANDING assist on the play, you'll see what I'm talking about when the highlights are here.

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And what a goal it was, Korpikoski did an OUTSTANDING assist on the play, you'll see what I'm talking about when the highlights are here.
And here's the highlight reel. Koivu's goal @ 2:34.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkCryMKuE0Y

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They might not let us have Koivu back at this rate.

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SM-Liiga has a lot of lockout players.

Boston's Rich Peverly
Carolina's Jussi Jokinen played for 8 games, has returned to NA. His contract was only for 8 games.
Dallas' Stephane Robidas and Philip Larsen
Detroit's Valtteri Filppula. Cory Emmerton played for one period and was injured. He broke his finger and has returned to NA.
Edmonton's Lennart Petrell
Florida's Sean Bergenheim, injured, has returned to NA.
Los Angeles' Alec Martinez
Minnesota's Mikko Koivu. Kurtis Foster is scheduled to play his first game in Finland today.
Nashville's Craig Smith
NY Islanders' Jesse Joensuu and Frans Nielsen
Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris
Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker and Lauri Korpikoski
San Jose's Jason Demers and Antti Niemi
St. Louis' Kris Russell
That raises the caliber of play in the league a lot.. And it's a close resemblance to the NA game.

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That raises the caliber of play in the league a lot.. And it's a close resemblance to the NA game.
And there's more lockout players coming to Finland.

Tampa Bay's ex-Nashville backup Anders Lindbäck to Ilves (scheduled to play tomorrow) and Montreal's Lars Eller to JYP (scheduled to play NOV 16).

Eller hur?

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Craig Smith is returning to NA because of personal reasons.

Source: http://www.iltasanomat.fi/sm-liiga/a...511911251.html


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