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06-20-2012, 07:20 AM
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I think he deserved a chance this year. he is gonna freeze his butt off..apparently this team is in the north of Sweden.

Some bar trivia: hv71 are from Jönköping which is oooh around 300 km north. The name is an acronym for Husqvarna and Vätterstad. 2 clubs from there merged in .... 71, thus HV71.

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06-20-2012, 07:22 AM
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Been following him since I had the chance to meet him when he was a freshman at DU. Would have liked to see him get a full time shot with the big club this year, but business is business I guess. Jonkoping got themselves a very good asset this year in him. I wish him all the best, and hope to see him back next year.

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06-20-2012, 11:19 AM
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I think he deserved a chance this year. he is gonna freeze his butt off..apparently this team is in the north of Sweden.

Some bar trivia: hv71 are from Jönköping which is oooh around 300 km north. The name is an acronym for Husqvarna and Vätterstad. 2 clubs from there merged in .... 71, thus HV71.
Jönköping is not in the north of Sweden. It's in the south.
And it's not that cold.

This could be a good deal for both sides. HV71 have had two disappointing seasons in a row after winning the championship in 2010. Just making the quarterfinals is not good enough. Smart move to sign a young guy who wants to prove himself.

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06-20-2012, 01:43 PM
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Staple posted that the Isles will qualify him.

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06-20-2012, 03:11 PM
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I was speaking to my Swedish colleague in Lund. He told me it's 300 Km north.

And we make a big fuss when Russians run away and take KHL contracts...hmm...

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06-20-2012, 04:17 PM
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I was speaking to my Swedish colleague in Lund. He told me it's 300 Km north.
Well yeah, but that's not very far at all. You're still in the southern part of Sweden.

But Luleå, another city with a team in the SEL... 1500 Km. Now that's cold.

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06-21-2012, 09:45 AM
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I was speaking to my Swedish colleague in Lund. He told me it's 300 Km north.

And we make a big fuss when Russians run away and take KHL contracts...hmm...
Yep, 300 km north of Lund sounds about right.

But all in all, very much in the southern third of Sweden.

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...9,r:4,s:0,i:86

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06-21-2012, 11:53 AM
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[QUOTE=Richie Daggers Crime;51119187]1) He's not "lost", and 2) he still very well may be in the Isles plans. Besides, 3) 24 year old AHLers are a dime-a-dozen.[/QUOTE]

Exactly, the only return he would receive is another AHL player struggling to make the jump.

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I liked Rhett a lot but let's face facts, he's a smallish forward that couldn't make a craptastic Islander squad even though he had two nice years in the minors. It's a shame because like I said I like the kid but unless he somehow gets infused with Marty St. Louis' talents he's a career European player for the rest of his career.

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06-22-2012, 08:16 AM
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I liked Rhett a lot but let's face facts, he's a smallish forward that couldn't make a craptastic Islander squad even though he had two nice years in the minors. It's a shame because like I said I like the kid but unless he somehow gets infused with Marty St. Louis' talents he's a career European player for the rest of his career.
He's not near the end of his development.

Like many - most recently in Islanderville Parenteau - he may be first NHL-ready when he's 27 or so.

That's the way things are for many players.

He's certainly not being written off at this point.

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06-22-2012, 08:31 AM
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Yep, 300 km north of Lund sounds about right.

But all in all, very much in the southern third of Sweden.

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...9,r:4,s:0,i:86
Southern Sweden is no worse than most of Canada in terms of cold, quite the contrary.

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I'm very agog what Rahkshani can accomplish i Hv71 (SEL) but I really never heard of this guy before so can anyone fill in what to expect from him ?

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I'm very agog what Rahkshani can accomplish i Hv71 (SEL) but I really never heard of this guy before so can anyone fill in what to expect from him ?
He'll be great in Europe imo. He's a great passer, good speed, good motor, and a decent shot. He'll do fine in Sweden. The only reason he is not in the NHL right now is probably his height.

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07-04-2012, 10:17 AM
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I'm very agog what Rahkshani can accomplish i Hv71 (SEL) but I really never heard of this guy before so can anyone fill in what to expect from him ?
Should top Joensuu's production.

Crafty, small, good PP QB.

I can see him adjusting even better than Rob Schremp did in Modo.

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07-04-2012, 10:46 AM
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I know I'm gonna get flamed for this but.....

If we know players don't/aren't going to fit into our plans ahead of time, why not move em rather than lose them for anything?
Some guys don't work out. That's all this is. It is hard to blame the Islanders for Rhett's inability to be better so they wouldn't move him. I think that's really on him.

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Not a huge loss.

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By 24 a lot of players are as good as their going to be. I see him as being a poor man's top six forward at very best and that's unlikely. Not a valuable asset. Islanders have enough average to smallish forwards already thanx...

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Some guys don't work out. That's all this is. It is hard to blame the Islanders for Rhett's inability to be better so they wouldn't move him. I think that's really on him.
Why should the team move him?

He was on the bubble of the NHL, but not so far that the team was ready to give him a one-way contract. So his rights were retained and he went somewhere where he can earn more money now AND still continuing honing his craft.

He might be better and NHL-ready this time next year.

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worked for Joensuu.....

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