Ville Leino feeling confident in Philly

Leino.jpgVille Leino never had much luck in Detroit, after he signed as a free
agent with the Red Wings in 2008. He was sent to the minors, and didn’t
make his NHL debut until January of 2009. He struggled adjusting to the
North American game, and was eventually traded to the Flyers this

After being scratched in nine of his 11 games, Leino is finally starting
to feel as if he’s part of the team. From
Sam Carchidi of Inquirer

“It’s all about your confidence and how you feel,” said
Leino, who had a
goal and an assist in the victory against the Devils.
“You feel you have a little spot and feel like you’re getting into the
game’s flow. You know where to go and don’t have to think out there. It
takes a little extra load off you.”

It’s been tough for Leino to take his dominant game from Finland and
translate it into success in the NHL. He’s certainly started to stand
out with the Flyers, and they’re going to need him to be at his best if
they expect to hang onto a playoff spot.

Who would have thought the Flyers would be needing Leino’s vast (4
games) playoff experience down the stretch?

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

Tomas Fleischmann,
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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.