Flyers acquire Leino from Detroit

Today it was announced that the Flyers have acquired left wing Ville Leino from Detroit in exchange for defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.  The Red Wings will also recieve a 5th round pick in 2011 from the Flyers. 

This year, Leino has struggled (who hasn’t on the Wings), playing 42 games, chipping in 4 goals and 3 assists.  Leino was one of the Wings’ highest prospects coming into the season, after scoring 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 13 games for the club last year in a callup role.  He played the majority of last season in Grand Rapids, scoring 15 goals, 31 assists in 57 games. 

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was basically the odd man out on the defense, that added Lukas Krajicek recently and is hoping to get Danny Syvret & Ryan Parent back.  The 25 year old defenseman had a 1 year, $600,000 deal.  According to Cap Geek, Ville Leino is signed through 2011 and has a $800k cap hit, with a one way contract.

To break it down, the Flyers dealt an expendable defenseman for a young forward, who has some good potential.  Yes, the Flyers took on some salary, but they still have some room.  The question with Leino is, will he actually play with the club right away (unless an injury occurs)?   Is this a foreshadow of this offseason when they might just let a forward walk to give a spot to Leino, or is another trade in the works?

Either way I like the deal and I hope that Leino can develop into a pretty decent player, like he was projected to be.  However, the Flyers are going to go with only six defensemen until either Parent or Syvret comes back.

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