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Red Wings trade Leino to Flyers

Saturday, 02.6.2010 / 4:35 PM ET / News
By Adam Kimelman
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Red Wings trade Leino to Flyers
With a number of injured forwards nearing a return to health, the Red Wings were left with too many quality players and not enough space to play them.

To ease the backlog, the Wings on Saturday traded left wing Ville Leino to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

The Wings signed the undrafted Leino in the summer of 2007 following a stellar career in the Finnish Elite League. In 2007-08 he had 28 goals and 77 points in 59 games with Jokerit, and was named league MVP.

He spent most of last season with the Wings’ AHL team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he scored 46 points in 57 games, good for fifth on the team. He then led the club in scoring in the playoffs with 13 points in 10 games..

In 13 NHL games, he had 5 goals and 9 points, and he had 2 assists in seven playoff games.

This season, though, he wasn’t producing at the same rate, with just 4 goals and 7 points in 42 games, and he had been a healthy scratch the last six games. To get him to the AHL, the Wings would have needed to put him through waivers and chance losing him for nothing.

Instead, they dealt him to the Flyers for Tollefsen, who had become expendable with the recent signing of Lukas Krajicek. Tollefsen has fought a number of injuries this season, including a concussion and sprained knee, and has just 2 assists in 18 games. He also was selected to play for his native Norway at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"Ville is a skilled forward that is going to give us some depth," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "I think he has the ability to play up and down our lineup and play with our skilled players. We're excited to have him. He'll join our team hopefully sometime today."


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59