Posts Tagged ‘Ville Leino

24
Feb
11

FLYERS: Ville Leino is Having Hip Issues

After sitting out for a game and a practice over the last week, Ville Leino’s lower-body condition was starting to raise red flags. A team source told the Daily News that Leino is struggling with an injury to his surgically repaired hip; he was sustained on Feb. 15 in Tampa Bay.

Leino, 27, had the hip repaired in a detailed offseason surgery but had no ill effects this season. He spent most of last summer on crutches.

The source said Leino on Monday had an injection of synvisc, a fluid that acts as a lubrication to the hip joint, which caused him to miss practice. Leino scored his 14th goal of the season on Tuesday against Phoenix in one of his best games over the last month.

– Frank Seravalli, Philadelphia Daily News

…Uh-oh. This is obviously not a good thing. Maybe the Flyers try to pick up another forward? Or maybe some playing time for Nik Zherdev? I guess we just wait and see if Leinos hip can hold up – hopefully – until June.

For more, check out this post from Broad Street Hockey.

22
Feb
11

FLYERS: Ville Leino is a Team Player

LEINO SETS ASIDE SALARY TALKS SO FLYERS CAN ADD VERSTEEG

…I like Ville Leino now even more than I already did. In this day and age, it’s rare that an athlete sacrifices potential cashflow for the betterment of the team, but that’s exactly what Leino did here. He saw the chance of Kris Versteeg joining the Flyers as a potential final piece to a Stanley Cup puzzle, and told Homer to forget about contract negotiations now and add the former Cup champ with Chicago. The Flyers had better find a way to get Leino back into the fold this off-season, because after a self-less move like that, the Finn deserves it.

07
Feb
11

FLYERS: Leino Has Contract Offers on the Table

Several sources tell CSNPhilly.com that the Flyers are offering a three and four-year contract worth between $9 million and $12 million, depending upon length.

At least one prominent executive in the Flyers organization believes the 27-year-old right wing won’t get a better deal in unrestricted free agency this July than what the Flyers are offering.

 

– Tim Panaccio, CSNPhilly.com

…Locking up Leino before season’s end would only boost the chemistry and atmosphere in that dressing room as the playoffs loom on the horizon. He’s been so key to Danny Briere’s revitalization, and it’s hard to imagine that the Flyers won’t come to some sort of agreement to keep him in Orange and Black for the near future.

 

07
Feb
11

FLYERS: Panaccio’s Week in Review

PANACCIO’S FLYERS WEEK IN REVIEW: JAN 31-FEB 6

…Pretty interesting that the Costa Rica Line (Briere, Hartnell, Leino) is a -3 as a whole since the All-Star Break. They haven’t looked all that dominant since the lay-off, save Leino’s two-goal performance against Nashville on Thursday.

04
Feb
11

FLYERS: Leino Comes Up Huge

VILLE LEINO BREAKS OUT AS FLYERS BEAT PREDATORS

…Ville Leino had two HUGE goals last night, including the game-winner, and he and Jeff Carter were the Flyers’ two best players last night. Leino’s second goal – which turned out to be the GWG – was awesome. He successfully pulled off a spin-o-rama, essentially rendering Anders Lindback’s attempt at stopping his shot useless. It’s also important to note who was defending him on that goal: Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, two of the best defensemen in the game today. Hopefully Leino can keep it going Saturday against Dallas.

20
Jan
11

FLYERS: Leino Leads NHL Forwards in +/-

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/psh/comments/leinos/ <–Click this link to view the Kukla's Korner article.

What a steal Ville Leino was by General Manager Paul Homgren last season, when Homer snatched him from the grasp of the Detroit Red Wings for a below-average defenseman in Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, and a late draft pick.

Leino set Flyers playoff records during last Spring’s incredible run, and this year he’s picked up where he left off last season. Leino has become even more of a threat, serving as a third of one of the more dangerous lines in the league, as he and Scott Hartnell flank center Danny Briere. Hartnell’s crash-the-net mentality, coupled with Briere’s speed and scoring ability, have complemented the Finn very well, allowing him the ability to serve as the unit’s top playmaker. It is my hope, just like anyone else who has a rooting interest in the Flyers, that Leino is locked up for the near future as soon as possible by Homer.

31
Oct
10

FLYERS: More Production From the Wingers Needed

The Flyers defensive unit finally slid out of a funk last night against the Islanders as Chris Pronger (2 goals) and Kimmo Timonen (1 goal) scored the first goals of the season by members of the team’s blue line. It now appears that problem has been solved – for the time being – but there still remains a concern over the team’s lack of production from their wingers.

JVR is among a host of Flyers wingers who need to step it up offensively

It’s been harped upon time and time again: the Flyers need someone, anyone, to step up and off-set the loss of one of the best wingers the franchise has ever had in Simon Gagne. While Danny Briere and Claude Giroux – two centers – have had incredible starts offensively for the Orange and Black, there still lacks a constant production from the players who man the wings. Scott Hartnell is looking far better than he did at this point last season, and Ville Leino appears to be getting his legs back under him after off-season hip surgery, but players like James van Riemsdyk and Nikolay Zherdev need to start finding the back of the net to supply the Flyers with a larger dose of secondary scoring. Zherdev has been so unimpressive thus far that he’s spent the last two games in a suit as a healthy scratch.

The Flyers’ wingers are a strong group on paper, but just haven’t been there all that much statistically this season thus far. Of course, it’s early, and it’s hard to believe that they won’t come around, but questions start to linger the longer it takes for such an event to happen. Hopefully more wingers can find the score sheet come tomorrow’s contest against Carolina.

Sam Carchidi offers his take on the lack of scoring from the wings thus far this season right here: INSIDE THE FLYERS: LOOKING FOR SCORING FROM THE WINGS




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