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02-28-2011, 05:09 PM
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From what I understand, Lehtonen just needs a toolbox; he's got size, speed, shot, checks well, but will go haywire from time to time. That said, his offensive track record is pretty impressive.

I'm curious as to how this deal went down, and how it got to Lehtonen.

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02-28-2011, 05:11 PM
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Lehtonen has played for Finland in three Euro Hockey Tour tournaments this season with 0+0=0p in 8 games. I'm not sure if he will make it to the World Championships roster.
But then again neither did Ville Leino in the same kind of situation but look at him now in the Nhl.

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02-28-2011, 05:14 PM
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Lehtonen is huge by he is soft soft soft. He's got good hands but that's about it. I doubt his play will translate to the NHL anymore than a guy like Hugh Jessiman.

Penner is far more intriguing. He's a great skater, and I can easily see him becoming a 3rd pairing PP specialist kind of guy

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Here is a swedish news article on Lehtonen matter. Clearly he has still his sights in NHL, and seems happy that Boston traded his rights somewhere else where he could have a better chance to break into NHL.

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i like this deal, we have Matt Hackett coming up in nets, if you dont know him ill fill you in, he was decent in plymouth but has really came into his own in Houston. And MLehtonen as we know is a great scorer but hes 6"4 as well and a terrific skater, so all signs point to a positive deal for us

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02-28-2011, 05:35 PM
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So let me get this straight. We traded a Russian for a Finnish player. Color me shocked

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02-28-2011, 05:36 PM
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gotta be honest im mad at you people who are saying khudo is the only nhl-er in the deal. mikko has proven he can play in north america by playing well in providence, and hes the second best scorer in a mens league now, thats good stuff. as good as khudo has been we dont need him with Hackett and Guftasson coming up, Hackett's progression has been great this year

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When it comes to nationalities there are three that i prefer, Canadian, Russian, and Finnish

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So let me get this straight. We traded a Russian for a Finnish player. Color me shocked
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When it comes to nationalities there are three that i prefer, Canadian, Russian, and Finnish
What about Americans?

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meh, not a fan, sorry

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02-28-2011, 05:46 PM
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I've read a lot of comments about Khudobin and the KHL. If he didn't want to play in North America, why would have worked this hard and this long to stay here. This has been a long road for him. He would have been gone long ago if the KHL was his desire. A case in point is the fact that he took a two-way deal this year over the KHL. It looks quite clear to me that Khudobin's situation in Minnesota was the reason the KHL was an option. Hopefully Boston won't do the same.

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Mattias Weinhandl part II?
That's a player I was reminded of right away. The difference though being that Weinhandl never defected. So you could say that Weinhandl has a leg up in the comparison.

Penner has to be the more important piece in this deal.

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Just wondering what you're basing this off of. Lehtonen seems to be doing very well in Europe, you think there is no chance of him coming to Finland West?
The fact that he's in Europe sounds like the biggest reason why he's not a legitimate NHL prospect. Maybe he will come over again now. We'll see. But even if he does this is a player that couldn't get more than one game last season for an offensively inept Bruins squad while leading their AHL team in goals. His "F" prospect rating sounds like it was earned.

Khudobin has more NHL games than both of the two players we got, and he's also shown us that he has the NHL skill level to have further opportunities.

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but it really comes down to the fact that we dont need khudobin, were solid in nets prospect wise, and upfront we lack scoring at times so we may as well take a risk on a high reward forward

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meh, not a fan, sorry
Too bad.

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Too bad.
Actually I'd say he's pretty well in the right place. Pretty much just Canadians, Finns, and Czechs on this team. 2/3 ain't bad.

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The Wild got two pieces (it remains to be seen what sort of pieces) in return for a player they had no intention of bringing back. Let alone one that doesn't have a significant role within the organization.

I'm not so sure how that could be spun to be a bad thing.

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ya i know minny dosnt have any ruuskies, but i love em... i jusy have a thing for them even tho i like playing a trap game. i like the czechs but i prefer the slovos

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The Wild got two pieces (it remains to be seen what sort of pieces) in return for a player they had no intention of bringing back. Let alone one that doesn't have a significant role within the organization.

I'm not so sure how that could be spun to be a bad thing.
It's in no way a bad thing...people just always have to find problems in every little situation...can't be happy with anything.

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im happy :p

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The fact that he's in Europe sounds like the biggest reason why he's not a legitimate NHL prospect. Maybe he will come over again now. We'll see. But even if he does this is a player that couldn't get more than one game last season for an offensively inept Bruins squad while leading their AHL team in goals. His "F" prospect rating sounds like it was earned.

Khudobin has more NHL games than both of the two players we got, and he's also shown us that he has the NHL skill level to have further opportunities.
Meh, could go either way. I guess that's why they use the term 'prospects'. Although it sounds from people with more knowledge than me that he is very open to coming back.

We needed offensive ability within the ranks and had a glut of goaltenders. Good deal in my opinion.

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ya and seriously, the "F Prospect" thing pisses me off, i think hockeysfuture is one of the biggest jokes out there, they know nothing about anyone

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02-28-2011, 06:28 PM
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I'm sure the F is there just because he went to Europe, and they didn't know if he was coming back. Our European friends seem to think that he will. One even posted an article that I couldn't read because it was in Swedish, but I would be surprised if he didn't at least make an attempt over here.

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I've read a lot of comments about Khudobin and the KHL. If he didn't want to play in North America, why would have worked this hard and this long to stay here. This has been a long road for him. He would have been gone long ago if the KHL was his desire. A case in point is the fact that he took a two-way deal this year over the KHL. It looks quite clear to me that Khudobin's situation in Minnesota was the reason the KHL was an option. Hopefully Boston won't do the same.

The fact that he's in Europe sounds like the biggest reason why he's not a legitimate NHL prospect. Maybe he will come over again now. We'll see. But even if he does this is a player that couldn't get more than one game last season for an offensively inept Bruins squad while leading their AHL team in goals. His "F" prospect rating sounds like it was earned.

Khudobin has more NHL games than both of the two players we got, and he's also shown us that he has the NHL skill level to have further opportunities.
C'mon, man. I enjoy reading your takes on the Wild's moves/"transactions" because you play the role of the contrarian quite well, whether it's intended or not. You're really good at keeping things in perspective when 99% of us get overly optimistic about something.. Like an outsider who is still on the inside. But I think you're really splitting hairs on this one, with all due respect.
There's no way I can be convinced that an F rating on the prospect's scale is well earned when you're leading the SEL in goals, regardless if he's only scored one goal in a Bruins uniform. You've constantly said we need an awesome forward, which we lack. Minnesota has quite the depth in goal, so I really see this as a low risk/high reward trade. Unless Khudo turns out to be the next Hasek/Roy/etc., this trade was not a loss. Like everyone knows, our promising forward prospect cabinets are bare. So, for lack of a better metaphor, the more **** you have to throw against the wall, the higher chance you have of one or two of those pieces sticking to it.

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Well Puck Daddy graded all 30 teams moves & it should come to no surprise to anyone that we got the worst grade out of all 30 teams (Tied with the Avs) and the blurb about us is about an inch from just plain making fun of us. haha

But with that said, I think we did the right thing & I'm not upset. Trades are always exciting but the truth is that it's done & over & we gotta play the hand we have cheers to that & go wild!

here's a link to the article:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...medium=twitter


oh & we got a "C-" btw..

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I enjoyed the 'goaltending hero' bit. Funny.

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