Peoria Rivermen General Manager and St. Louis Blues Assistant General Manager Kevin McDonald announced the Rivermen acquired forward Jani Lajunen (pronounced: YAH-nee LY-uh-nen) from the Milwaukee Admirals in exchange for defenseman Scott Ford today.
The team has also acquired forward Andre Bouvet-Morrissett (pro: boo-VAY moor-EE-set) and goaltender Zoltan Hetenyi (huh-TEN-ee) from the Admirals in exchange for future considerations. Both players are currently playing in the ECHL and are not expected to join the Rivermen at this time.
Not a bad thing now that I read a little bit about Jani. Sounds like he may be moving back to Finland next season, however, if the blues can convince him to stay, he would be good with the young dmen that may come over. Plus, lets face it our Center depth sucks. Even with Jaskins, Rattie, Tensik, Villeaux..... we still don't have any centers in Peoria outside of McRae.
Bottom line, nice move to send Ford back to where he was for the past 4-5 years. My guess is the rest of the pieces were due to salary reasons.
Interestingly enough, Hetenyi played with Eronen in Jokerit.
Jokerit is in first, but the Blues are out of the playoffs. Maybe Hakanpaa is going to jump the ocean?...or Eronen when the playoffs are over? It isn't like Hakanpaa has anyone in his way in Peoria that couldn't possibly make him a call up.