Niklas Hagman to Jokerit next season is confirmed I guess and rumor has it that his games in Ässät have been played this season also.
Keeping my fingers crossed that at least Dragan Umicevic will continue with the team somehow or Ässät will have to look for a whole first line for next season.
Oh, and Ässät headcoach, Pekka Virta, won't continue with the team next season. Initiative came from Virta and was the stand-up thing to do after things just didn't work out. Some names floating around who will be the next one, but we will see.
Just to add to the depth, no other need for him. He hasn't been that bad in SHL. Masuhr was the more needed piece, though I would have preferred Lajunen, who was also rumoured. But I guess he wasn't available
Edit. Seriously **** these ****ing lines getting changed every ****ing games. Now 4th liner Tuomas Huhtanen and 2nd liner Austin Smith switch
places for some reason. Well, the third line seems interesting in the form of Juho Lammikko (18yo) - Ville Ahlgren (20yo) - Oskari Lehtinen (20yo).
Can't tell too much about the regular season, I think I saw about four games. He was good at faceoffs and I was impressed by his defensive game.
As for the playoffs (saw all QF games since he was playing against "my" team), was struggling points-wise early until got 3A in game 4, then got better towards the end of quarterfinals, including one SH goal in game 6.