has signed Canadian defender Travis Ehrhardt
to a tryout contract. The 23-year old blueliner spent last season with Grand Rapids Griffins
in AHL. He has 138 AHL games with 27 points (5+22) and 99 PIM. He has played 3 games in ECHL collecting 2 points (1+1). Ehrhardt played junior hockey in WHL collectin 119 points (20+99) and 311 PIM in 256 games. He has fought guys like Danny Bois
and Derek Dorsett
has signed big (194cm/93kg) Lithuanian forward Aivaras Bendzius
to a 1+2 year contract. The 19-year old forward will most likely spent most if not the whole season playing for Ilves' junior A team. Last season he split with Energija Elektrenai in Latvian league (34. 21+17=38 22) and Energija Elektrenai-2 in Lithuanian league (15. 16+16=32 22)
has signed defender Antti Jaatinen
to a 1 year contract. He split last season in FEL (19. 1+0=1 10) and Mestis (20. 1+4=5 4). I really don't know why he is signed. He brings absolutely nothing to the game at the FEL level. He has 119 regular season in FEL games with 9 points (1+8) and 38 PIM along with 13 playoff games with 3 points (1+2) and 4 PIM.
has signed sniper Kimmo Kuhta
to a 1 year extension. The 37-year old winger has been one of the best scorers in his team for almost past 10 years. Last season he had 40 points (14+26) and 26 PIM in 50 games.
Mestis team Peliitat
has signed steady stay-at-home defender Pekka Saittakari
to a 1 year extension. While playing for Fayetteville FireAntz
in the SPHL he fought Mike Craigen
, David Segal
and Dan Buccella
Young power forward Niko Palonen
has joined Mestis team TUTO Hockey
on tryout. Last season Palonen played 14 games for Ässät in FEL collecting 4 points (1+3) and 58 PIM and had a nice fight with HIFK's Siim Liivik
. He also played in Mestis for Jukurit and Hokki collecting 7 points (2+5) and 12 PIM in 24 games. He has also fought big Simo Pulkki
. In FEL he has 47 games with 6 points (1+5) and 92 PIM and in Mestis he has 67 games with 21 points (5+16) and 104 PIM. Still hoping to see him in FEL the upcoming season.