The goalie factory goodies
Niklas Bäckström, Minnesota Wild
-Solid, solid goalie with national team experience. Apparently gets to play "if there's any games left to play".
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
-The reason for the minimul ice time Bäckström is gonna see.
Antero Niittymäki, Tampa Bay Lightning
-Who would've goessed that moving to Tampa gets you Olympic ticket? This is the one choice that might surprise some but honestly, the experience and the silver from Torino are too much for the kiddos to beat.
The death zone
Lasse Kukkonen, Avangard Omsk (KXЛ)
-Maybe Jagr taught him some tricks?
Sami Lepistö, Phoenix Coyotes
-I like him and all but seriously? I know Nummelin missed the last EHT tournament due to an injury but god dammit he's better than half of these guys even when injured.
Toni Lydman, Buffalo Sabres
-Keep scoring babe and we're good.
Janne Niskala, Frölunda Göteborg (SEL)
-Uhm... Go Frölunda? Remember to send thank you card to Nummelin.
Joni Pitkänen, Carolina Hurricanes
-This would be easier if my religion allowed me to visit Canes' page.
Sami Salo, Vancouver Canucks
-I hope the team remembers to take enough bubble plastic with them.
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
-Please play in 3 line? Gets to wear "A".
Valtteri Filppula, Detroit Red Wings
- Apparently going to play as winger in the Koivu-Ruutu line.
Niklas Hagman, Toronto Maple Leafs
-At least he has first hand experience of losing multiply games in a row for blue&white. This will be handy after few games when he have to share the surviving strategy with his shocked team mates.
Jarkko Immonen, Ak Bars Kazan (KXЛ)
-Because Kazan >>> Canes & Jokinen
Olli Jokinen, Calgary Flames
-Make that goal light dance disco beats.
Niko Kapanen, Ak Bars Kazan (KXЛ)
- (happy dance)
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
-Taking the #1 center place from his brother and maybe finally get totally out of his shadow.
Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks
-Oh Captain, my Captain.
Jere Lehtinen, Dallas Stars
-Play, doesn't play, play, doesn't play... Lehtinen-Koivu-Selänne can be scary if they're all healthy. Sniff.
Antti Miettinen, Minnesota Wild
-Maybe he manage to do something useful. Unlike in my fantasy team.
Ville Peltonen, Dynamo Minsk (KXЛ)
-Has VIP pass to the national team as long as he plays. Killing Swedes comes with sweet price.
Jarkko Ruutu, Ottawa Senators
-You drive me crazy... 90% of people disagree but Ruutu can be very useful when he remembers to be good boy and not to take stupid penalties.
Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes
-Change the NHL team, will ya?
Teemu Selänne, Anaheim Ducks
-Be still my heart. With "A" on your chest. Also, if you could repeat the Torino 2006 domination, I would appreciate it...
Happy New Year!