Monday, 04.11.2011 / 10:18 AM
organization and the first regular-season NHL games ever played in Finland.
In the Friday opener in Helsinki, Panthers defenseman Ville Koistinen, the only Finn on the Panthers’ roster, provided a fitting end to the first regular-season NHL game ever played in Finland. He scored the winning goal in the shootout, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Koistinen also...
Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 8:11 AM
: D Dennis Wideman, RW Steve Bernier, RW Michael Grabner, LW Chris Higgins, D Nathan Paetsch, C Marty Reasoner, D Mike Weaver, C Mike Santorelli, LW Andrew Peters.
LOST: RW Nathan Horton, C Gregory Campbell, D Keith Ballard, RW Victor Oreskovich, C Jeff Taffe, LW Steve MacIntyre, C Kamil Kreps, LW Nick Tarnasky, D Ville Koistinen.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Stephen Weiss. Led the Panthers last season...
Monday, 10.04.2010 / 11:59 AM
"Sure, I don't have the exact number, but there will be quite a few of them," he said, smiling.
Last year in Finland, the only Finnish players on the Premiere teams, the Panthers and the Blackhawks, were rookies Ville Koistinen and Antti Niemi, who were fighting for roster spots even as they were thrust into the spotlight. In this instance, Pahlsson, Stralman and Kristian Huselius are all...
Wednesday, 06.30.2010 / 9:01 PM
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -The Florida Panthers bought out the final year on defenseman Ville Koistinen's contract Wednesday, the latest move in new general manager Dale Tallon's reshaping of the roster.
Koistinen appeared in 17 games with the Panthers last season. He had one goal, three assists and eight penalty minutes....
Monday, 06.28.2010 / 2:13 PM
.5 million next season, the final year of a five-year contract he signed with San Jose in 2006.
Similarly, Calgary has put Ales Kotalik and the remainder of his contract (two years for a reported $6 million) on the waiver wire. The Coyotes have waived Petteri Nokelainen and Jim Vandermeer, while Florida continued to revamp its roster by putting Ville Koistinen on waivers.
If these players go unclaimed...
Tuesday, 02.09.2010 / 5:07 PM
-born players, the Blues left Europe with 4 points in the standings. St. Louis on Saturday erased a two-goal deficit for the second-straight night and beat the Red Wings 5-3 to go home with two victories. On Friday, Paul Kariya scored two goals as the St. Louis rallied to edge the Red Wings 4-3 in their opening game of the NHL regular season.
In the Friday opener in Helsinki, Panthers defenseman Ville...
Sunday, 12.20.2009 / 11:00 AM
of the most valuable Finnish defenders, but likely the most underrated as well.
Ville Koistinen, Florida Panthers -- Koistinen may not have the name recognition of some of his countrymen, but he's talented and dangerous and will make for a nice complimentary piece in the Finnish team's third pair.
Sami Kapanen, KalPa Kuopio (SM-Liiga) -- The seventh D is a longtime Finnish national team mainstay who can...
Friday, 11.27.2009 / 11:08 PM
and scored a lot of goals and that helped."
Dvorak opened the scoring at 1:11 in the first period. About a minute later, at 2:04 in the first, Michael Frolik added a power-play goal to make it 2-0.
"You don't want to get down two goals in the first three minutes but it could have been as lot worse the way it was going," Wilson said.
NOTES: Florida assigned D Ville Koistinen to Rochester (AHL). Koistinen...
Sunday, 11.15.2009 / 1:00 AM
, that counts for a lot.
Sami Salo, Vancouver Canucks -- The Finnish team's second-most accomplished NHL defender, Salo brings leadership and calm under pressure -- not to mention his booming slap shot. Those attributes make him a very valuable piece of the Finnish puzzle.
Ville Koistinen, Florida Panthers -- With 41 points in 59 games for the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals in 2006-07, great things seemed...
Friday, 10.23.2009 / 11:08 PM
it into the net as Vokoun dove to his left.
Crosby improved to 3-for-3 in shootouts this season with his 10th career game-deciding shootout goal.
Brent Johnson stopped the Panthers' Reinprecht, Ville Koistinen and Nathan Horton during the shootout and made 27 saves during regulation and overtime in winning for the first time as a Penguin.
Pittsburgh won in the first game since all-star defenceman Sergei...