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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, February 6, 2010

Leino traded

The Red Wings traded forward Ville Leino to Philadelphia today for a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

Leino obviously wasn't a favorite of Coach Mike Babcock and quickly became one of Detroit fans' least favorite Wings.

Tollefsen is actually a few months younger than Leino. He's a physical defenseman who Wings fans probably best remember from his seasons in Columbus.

Tollefsen, who's from Norway, could/should challenge Derek Meech and Brett Lebda for a role on the third defense pairing at some point.

Tollefsen has a one-way $600,000 contract that expires this summer. Lebda's cap hit is $650,000 and Meech's is $483,333. Lebda will be unrestricted this summer. Meech and Tollefsen will be restricted free agents.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Hannibal. said...

Too bad for Leino. It looks like he has the raw talent. Maybe a change of venue will help him.

February 8, 2010 at 10:39 AM 

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