Monday, February 08, 2010

Flyers acquire Ville Leino from Red Wings

The Flyers acquired forward Ville Leino from the Detroit Red Wings over the weekend in exchange for
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth round draft pick in 2011.

"Ville is a skilled forward that is going to give us some depth," said GM Paul Holmgren. "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."

Leino, 26, has four goals and three assists for seven points in 42 games with the Red Wings this season. In 2008-09, he recorded nine points (5G,4A) in 13 games with Detroit, while spending most of the season with
the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Red Wings' American Hockey League affiliate, posting 46 points (15G,31A) in 57 contests. He also led Grand Rapids in the Calder Cup Playoffs with 13 points (3G,10A) in 10 games.

In 2007-08, Leino was named MVP of the Finnish Elite League after recording 77 points (28G,49A) in 55 games with Jokerit Helsinki. A native of Savonlinna, Finland, the undrafted Leino was signed as a free
agent by the Red Wings on May 10, 2008.

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