April 20, 2010
Leafs goalie chase coming to a Finnish
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
The Maple Leafsí Finnish fishing expedition for 22-year-old goaltender Jussi Rynnas could end in a couple of days.
Agent Allain Roy says the 6-foot-5 free agent will choose an NHL destination in a day or so after a tour of cities in North America and two unscheduled visits from Toronto general manager Brian Burke. The GM chased Rynnas in Helsinki and Montreal to make a pitch.
Rynnas is believed to be considering Toronto, Edmonton, Dallas, Anaheim, Philadelphia and Montreal. Dallas appears to be a likely frontrunner, because scout Kari Takko played for Rynnasís club team, Assat Pori.
Burke denied a report in the Finnish media on Tuesday that the Leafs are also talking to Tuomas Tarkki of Oulu Karpa, who recently signed with Modo in Sweden, but has an out clause. Age 30 now, Tarkki was Finlandís top goalie in 2007.