Archive for Ville Leino

Daily News: Ville Leino is Having Hip Issues

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags on February 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

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.

Read: Ville Leino is a Team Player

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on February 22, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…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.

Today’s Lines at Practice

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Still say Carcillo should be the odd-man out, but it appears I’m never going to get my way.  Look for these to be the combo’s tomorrow night against Tampa.

Ville Leino Has Contract Offers on the Table

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 7, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Several sources tell 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,

…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.


@tpanotch’s Week in Review

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on February 7, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…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.

Ville Leino’s Coming-Out Party

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Summaries with tags , , on February 4, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…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.

KK: Ville Leino Leads NHL Forwards in +/-

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 20, 2011 by Josh Getzoff <–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.