Speaking of Jarkko Immonen,the former Ranger player
In the 1970s, Finnish school children were taught that Jyväskylä was the center of the country in terms of population distribution. That is no longer the case for the city of approximately 130,000, but it is for the local SM-liiga team, which claimed its first league title in 17 years.
Led by former New York Ranger Jarkko Immonen – the league’s second-leading scorer with 23 goals and 41 points, just two points behind IFK Helsinki’s Kim Hirschovits – Jyväskylä took the lead in October and never relinquished it.
The SM-liiga regular season winner has won 15 titles in the 33 years the Finnish league has had the playoff system in place.
Immonen is a group III UFA this summer.Will a NHL team give him an opportunity?
I wouldn't be surprised to see Immonen get another NHL chance with a team that needs a playmaking centre.
I remember when the Rangers drafted Hirschovits, I wondered what Rockström saw in him. It turns out that he saw something that maybe even Kimi himself didn't see until recently! He's not old (27, I think) but I don't think he'll cross the pond again, though (he played a few games in the USHL).