Leino to Philadelphia

Update (12:10 PM): St. James is all over this: she now says Tollefsen will be put on waivers today with the aim of sending him to Grand Rapids if he clears. If he gets taken, the Wings may not be too disappointed. They got rid of Leino like they had to do. Tollefsen was basically a bonus.

Meanwhile, where’s the rest of the Detroit print media? So far, Bruce MacLeod’s the only other writer to chime in.  – Matt

Update (11:41 PM): Not sure if St. James is going off old news here, but if not, Franzen won’t be back today. – Matt

CBC’s Jeff Marek just tweeted that the Wings have traded Ville Leino to Philly for a fifth round pick in 2011 and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen ($600,000). No word from the Detroit media just yet (of course).

Whoa. Not exactly a high price. Ville may have better luck in Philly, with Laviolette something of a player’s coach, if I’m not mistaken.

This could mean Franzen’s back today, but more likely, he’s still scheduled for Tuesday. It’ll be interesting to see the answer on that question, though.

As for Tollefsen, I’m surprised the Wings took anything other than picks in return for Leino. He’s only played in 18 games for the Flyers. He has to be headed to Grand Rapids.

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  1. Dennis says:

    Pretty much a salary dump … right? Had big hopes for Villy, but he's been a disappointment this season. Maybe a change of scenery will get him straight.

    • RWBill says:

      Saw his first career goal live in DC 1 year ago, unfortunately his career high point. Don't think he played at the speed and intensity Babs wanted.

  2. Baroque says:

    At least he stuck out a full year in the AHL without constant loud pouting and tried to make a go of it in the NHL.

    He might have a NHL career yet in the Eastern conference, or he might go back to Finland. At least he won't spend the rest of his hockey career second-guessing himself and wondering what might have been in the NHL. He gave it a shot, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. It was worth a try.

    Good luck in the future, kid. I hope he figures out what happened and manages to tap back into the talent he clearly has, but just never worked out with Detroit.

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