Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/15/10 at 10:54 AM ET
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
At $800,000, Leino, 27, is an absolute steal. Through 17 games he leads the Flyers in assists with 12 and is tied for third on the club in points with 15. Entering tonight’s game against the visiting Ottawa Senators, Leino is on pace for 14 goals and 58 assists for 72 points and a plus-43 rating.
By comparison, Carter is on pace for 39 goals and 33 assists for 72 points and a plus-14 rating….
“I’ve had some conversations with Ville’s agent (Bill Zito),” Holmgren said. “Obviously, he’s a guy we want to keep in the organization and we’ll do what we can. If he keeps getting a couple points a game it gets harder and harder. Maybe we’ll sit him out. I think Ville likes it here. He’s found a niche on our team, so hopefully we can get something done.”
If Leino agrees to an extension in the $2 million range, the Flyers will have 19 players under contract for next season and will be forced to shed salary in the summer.
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