Time To Extend Leino

4 Feb

With almost every other important piece of the Flyers roster already extended it has to be time to find a way to extend Ville Leino as well. Not just because of his 2 goal performance last night versus the Predators, but because of his overall performance throughout this year.

He has recorded 13 goals and 25 assists this season through 52 games played. Also he sits among the top 20 in +/- rating at +18. He has an uncanny ability to guard the puck and find the open man on the ice. That ability has allowed both Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell to excel in the goal category. As we saw last night he is able to score on any given night as long as he gets’ the shots.

He has become a fan favorite in Philly and his patented spin-o-rama is always amazing.

Leino becomes a free agent if the Flyers are unable to extend his contract past the end of the year. There are plenty of ways to give this man the money. Zherdev and Carcillo should be gone next year which free’s up roughly 3 Million in cap space as well as one of the current goaltenders and Sean O’Donnell. I do not feel that he should be paid top dollar, but he should be making more than the $825,000 he is this year. I would hate to see him go to another team, when he fits in perfectly on this one.



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