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Red Wings Free Agency scorecard: Lose two Slovaks, a Canadian and a Swede; Retain a Fin

Leino, celebrating/showing his "oh" face. Source: Reuters

By: Erica Banas

While all of us in Hockeytown await the results of the possible, yet-to-be-determined Jiri Hudler arbitration hearing, there is reason to celebrate: Finnish forward Ville Leino has been signed to a two-year, $ 1.6 million contract.

There are a couple of reasons why this is such a great signing. The most important reason, of course, is the hit on the salary cap.

Going into the free agency signing madness, I do not think anyone would have thought Leino, 25, would have signed for under a million dollars a season. Of course, most of us also thought Hossa would stay in Detroit but we all know how that one turned out.

The other reason why this signing gets the thumbs up is the potential of Leino to blossom. Think of this signing on the same level as the Red Wings organization's ability to strike gold in the latter parts of the draft the past decade. For a player who contributed five goals and four assists over 13 regular season games, there is immense potential in Leino to provide a strong presence on the third or fourth line.

Not to mention, he provided these highlight reel gems:

Sure, that celebration after the second video in no Ovechkin "Fire Stick" dance but it is one I could get used to watching over the next two seasons.


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