Let's Make a Deal: Philadelphia Flyers Get Ville Leino from Detroit Red Wings

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IFebruary 6, 2010

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 12:  Ville Leino #21 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck during the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 12, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After seeing their division rivals New Jersey Devils acquire Ilya Kovalchuk in the third blockbuster of the season, the Philadelphia Flyers responded with a trade of their own on Saturday, albeit, not on the same level.

The Flyers traded the oft-injured Ole-Kristian Tollefsen along with a fifth-round draft pick to Detroit in exchange for rookie forward Ville Leino, who has been a disappointment in his first season in the NHL.

Tollefsen was then placed on waivers by the Red Wings, paving way for Johan Franzen to return from injury. If the Wings had placed Leino on waivers instead of trading him, they would have lost him for nothing, instead they acquire a pick and a disposable Tollfesen.

Leino, 26, has only four goals and seven points with a minus-10 rating in 42 games this year with the Wings. He will likely not play in tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild.

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