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April 13, 2011 | by the Daily News
Name: Ville Leino Born: Oct. 6, 1983 (age 27) Hometown: Savonlinna, Finland Height: 6-foot Weight: 182 Position: Forward Drafted: Leino was undrafted. He signed a free-agent contract with Detroit in May 2008. How acquired: Via trade with the Red Wings on Feb. 6, 2010, for defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen. With the Flyers: In last season's playoffs, Leino was one of the best players on the ice. He had seven goals and 14 assists in 19 games.
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May 26, 2010 | by Frank Seravalli
Chris Pronger and Ville Leino are the only players on the Flyers' roster to have played in the Stanley Cup finals. For the other guys on the roster, Saturday's Game 1 will be a long time coming. The first number next to the player's name is his number of games played; the second is the number of Stanley Cup finals he's been in: Chris Pronger 1104, 2 Ville Leino 68 1 Ian Laperriere 1083 0 Kimmo Timonen 812 0 Scott Hartnell 679 0 Danny Briere 666 0 Simon Gagne 664 0 Arron Asham 648 0 Blair Betts 402 0 Jeff Carter 381 0 Mike Richards 372 0 Lukas Krajicek 328 0 Matt Carle 307 0 Braydon Coburn 297 0 Brian Boucher 280 0 Dan Carcillo 225 0 Claude Giroux 126 0 Darroll Powe 103 0 Michael Leighton 103 0 James van Riemsdyk 78 0 Oskars Bartulis 53 0  
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November 18, 2012
Since the NHL doesn't appear to be returning to the Delaware Valley anytime soon, Scott Hartnell is bringing a slew of NHL players to Atlantic City next Saturday night. Hartnell has helped organize a charity game, dubbed "Operation Hat Trick," to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York. The game will be played at Boardwalk Hall on Nov. 24 at 7 o'clock. Tickets priced from $20 to $100 will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com. Hartnell will captain one team and be opposed by Rangers star Brad Richards.
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February 9, 2011 | by Frank Seravalli
Born: Feb. 7, 1976 Hometown: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada Offseason residence: Dublin, Ohio Favorite food: Steak Least favorite food: Liver First car: Gold 1985 Nissan 300ZX Best-dressed teammate: Sean O'Donnell Worst-dressed teammate: Ville Leino Pregame routine: Eat lunch, sleep for 2 hours, eat yogurt, go to the rink. Favorite road city: Vancouver Least favorite road city: Long Island Funniest teammate: Brian Boucher Favorite hockey memory: Getting called up for my first game; it was against Pittsburgh and I fought Steve McKenna on my first shift.
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April 25, 2011
Score: Flyers 5, Sabres 4, OT How it happened: The Flyers rallied after a first period in which starter Michael Leighton allowed three goals on eight shots. In a flip-flop of Game 5, he was replaced by Brian Boucher, who stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced. The Flyers pulled to within 4-3 entering the third period, then forced overtime on Scott Hartnell's first goal of the postseason with 9:17 remaining in regulation. That set the stage for Ville Leino's game-winner 4:43 into overtime.
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November 17, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hockey is back. Now, before you think we're talking about the start of the NHL season, stop dreaming. Friday was the 62d day of the lockout, and there is no end in sight. But a benefit hockey game featuring several NHL players will be played at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, with proceeds aiding those affected by Sandy. The game, billed as Operation Hat Trick because it aids three organizations, will feature all-stars Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen of the Flyers and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers.
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June 15, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a meeting that could shape the Flyers' future, standout goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will be introduced to several team officials on Thursday. Bryzgalov and his agent, Ritch Winter, will arrive in Philadelphia late Wednesday night and meet with general manager Paul Holmgren, coach Peter Laviolette, and goalie coach Jeff Reese, among others, the next day. The Flyers acquired the rights to Bryzgalov last week, sending minor-league winger/enforcer Matt...
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June 4, 2010
THERE'S A twinge of guilt in Peter Laviolette's voice each time he speaks of Ville Leino's plight this season. "Part of my job is to get the most out of everybody," he was saying yesterday. "When we didn't get Ville in the lineup . . . I take responsibility for that. " It's a good word for any discussion about Ville Leino, responsibility, a good launching point. Because like several of the players imported into the Flyers' mix, descriptions of the 26-year-old Finn are so varied it's hard to believe there aren't a few versions of him out there, or that Ville Leino is as common a name in Finland as John Smith is here.
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January 28, 2011 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
Ville Leino and a few of his teammates are already in Costa Rica for the All-Star break, where Leino said he wants to finally learn how to surf. Scott Hartnell is heading to South Beach, Fla., for some sun. Chris Pronger also is heading to Florida. And Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and Peter Laviolette will soak up the warmer temperatures in Raleigh, N.C., as the Flyers' representatives at Sunday's All-Star Game. Rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is heading in a different direction.
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March 9, 2011
Flyers Notes The Flyers' most productive line - Danny Briere centering wingers Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell - has been ineffective the last several weeks, but coach Peter Laviolette has refused to break up the unit. Despite a minus-22 rating in their last 16 games, the line was intact for Tuesday's game against visiting Edmonton. "We get another chance tonight and it's a good thing for us," Leino said before the game. "He's letting us play together even though we're not producing as well.
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April 2, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - After their 1-7 start to the season, the Flyers' road to the precipice of the Stanley Cup playoffs has been so long, so bumpy that tonight's Game 75 might feel like Game 750. They have been through hell and back. Yet, as tough as the Flyers' schedule has been in recent weeks - Blues, Blackhawks, Stars, Penguins (twice) and Bruins - they still have the second-toughest remaining schedule (.567 points percentage) of any East team within sniffing distance of a playoff spot.
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November 24, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Black Friday, the NHL took another step toward being dark this season. As in "fade to black. " The NHL canceled two more weeks of games, which means the league has erased its schedule through Dec. 14. If you're scoring at home, 34 percent of this season has been canceled because of the labor war between the league and the players' union. The league also canceled the All-Star Game in Columbus. Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, said the league intends to return the all-star festivities to Columbus "as quickly as possible.
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November 18, 2012
Since the NHL doesn't appear to be returning to the Delaware Valley anytime soon, Scott Hartnell is bringing a slew of NHL players to Atlantic City next Saturday night. Hartnell has helped organize a charity game, dubbed "Operation Hat Trick," to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York. The game will be played at Boardwalk Hall on Nov. 24 at 7 o'clock. Tickets priced from $20 to $100 will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com. Hartnell will captain one team and be opposed by Rangers star Brad Richards.
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November 17, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hockey is back. Now, before you think we're talking about the start of the NHL season, stop dreaming. Friday was the 62d day of the lockout, and there is no end in sight. But a benefit hockey game featuring several NHL players will be played at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, with proceeds aiding those affected by Sandy. The game, billed as Operation Hat Trick because it aids three organizations, will feature all-stars Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen of the Flyers and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers.
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August 22, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in four days, the Flyers signed one of their top wingers to a six-year contract on Monday. This time, it was Scott Hartnell, whose extension came after one given to Wayne Simmonds. Hartnell, 30, is coming off a season in which he posted career bests in goals (37) and points (67). Terms were not released, but the 11-year veteran reportedly will have a salary-cap hit of $4.75 million per season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season, one in which he has a $4.2 million cap hit. "I give Jaromir Jagr a lot of credit for my success last year in terms of focus on the game," said Hartnell, who finished second in the NHL with 16 power-play goals.
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May 3, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
THEY STARTED filing out of the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night at about the 6-minute mark, right after Travis Zajac scored the goal to put the Devils up by two. The talk of a Flyers sweep went with them. There was a popular school of thought last summer when Paul Holmgren pushed the plunger and decimated the Flyers roster that offense was going to be a problem. For most of the season, it was not. In Tuesday's Game 2, it was as the Flyers slogged their way to a 4-1 loss. With Mike Richards and Jeff Carter gone, the Flyers, it was thought, weren't going to have enough reliable scoring to make a serious playoff run. They entered the season having to replace the 59 goals the homegrown stars provided, plus another 19 that Ville Leino gave them.
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March 11, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - Thanks to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's revival, most of the attention lately has revolved around the Flyers' improved defense. Rightfully so. The Flyers, despite numerous injuries to defensemen, began Saturday having allowed a total of six goals in their last five games. That's their best five-game stretch of the season. Byzgalov has his groove on. The defense, even though shorthanded, has made strides. And the offense has been the most productive in the NHL. Put it all together and - dare we say it?
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February 17, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
With the trade deadline and all that it represents creeping up on him, general manager Paul Holmgren offered a brief evaluation of the Flyers. "I like our team," Holmgren said. "I still do. " Holmgren was announcing a trade - draft picks for Dallas defenseman Nicklas Grossman - that will not satisfy fans hungering for Luke Schenn or Rick Nash. He wasn't ruling out a bigger, more exciting deal, but he seemed to be tamping down expectations at the same time. It would be nice if the GM could pull a difference-making defenseman out of his sleeve, but Holmgren deserves a little bit of slack.
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February 16, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Flyers face struggling Ville Leino and the offensively challenged Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, they still will be without James van Riemsdyk. But the 22-year-old Flyers left winger appears to be making strides in his comeback from a concussion. Sidelined for more than a month, van Riemsdyk wore a regular jersey - meaning he was able to absorb contact - and spent time on the top line during Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. He replaced the flu-ridden Jaromir Jagr on a line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.
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December 15, 2011
Tim Thomas made 47 saves, Daniel Paille scored twice and the visiting Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to three games with a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Rich Peverley had a goal and an assist and Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, which won for the second night in a row to move into a tie with the Flyers atop the Eastern Conference standings. Andrew Ference had two assists. Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for the Senators, on a 2-4-2 skid despite an overtime win at Buffalo a night earlier.
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