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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Traveling man

The biggest adjustment to North American hockey for Finn Ville Leino hasn't been the size of the ice surface or the north-south style of play. For Leino, the biggest adjustment has been the travel in the American Hockey League.

By his estimation, the longest road trip in Finland is four hours. The shortest for Grand Rapids is three hours. Many minor-league trips are made by bus. That aspect of the game is much easier to deal with at the NHL level.

"It's been ok," said Leino. "I'm getting used to the hockey more every day. I think it's even harder to play there (than in the NHL). You travel a lot and have to recover from the games. It's been a rough time. It's been good for me."


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