Could the Finnish Flash return home?
by Brandt Corbin
Would former Winnipeg Jet all star Teemu Selanne contemplate an offer from his old team? Could and would Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff offer the Finnish-Flash a 1 year 5 million deal? The team has the cap space and more to offer in such a deal. Why would Selanne not consider it, he’s already got his Stanley Cup ring, might he consider there to be some unfinished business. He’d be worth the money, plus the one year deal would be hugely beneficial to the hockey club. What could Cheveldayoff do to entice him back to Winnipeg?
Unfortunately close friend Saku Koivu could not join Selanne, because the veteran has a no movement clause with Anaheim. But there are a couple of Finnish countryman that are available as UFA’s. One of the Finnish free agents is Anti Miettienen who has scored 15 goals or more four years in a row, and could be had for just over 2 million per year. Or what about Jussi Jokinen, who has put up shockingly good numbers the past two seasons, (49 goals and 113 points) he likely could be had for 3.5 million or so.
Either way more offence is needed
Main reason they need to look at the offensive free agents is because the team doesn’t have enough depth from the goal scoring standpoint. Andrew Ladd led the team last year with 29 goals, but after that they only have four forwards with 16 goals or more, none of the four had 20 goals. Adding Selanne and one of this Finnish countrymen, gives them a solid top six and a stronger looking powerplay. All of this gives the team that much better of a chance to get into the playoffs.