Finnish goalies?

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    Who should be the third guy. Im considering Lehtonen and Kipprusoff locks based on what I've heard about Lehtonen's situation and watching him play for Atlanta.
    Toskala? Nurminen? Noronen? Take your pick.
     
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    I´m sorry, just dont see the 2nd backup to be any of those. Kipper and Nurminen will be the first 2 goalies and after that Lehtonen, Niittymäki or Toskala. Markkanen & Norononen are out, Lehtonen is Raato´s favourite? Niittymäki was very solid in couple of games with Philly, Toskala also played couple games in Sharks goal - but seems to be a bit outsider.. We´ll see in couple of days.
     
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    1.Kiprusoff
    2.Noronen
    3.Markkanen
     
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    1- Mikka Kiprusoff
    2- Pasi Nurminen
    3- Kari Lehtonen
     
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    I would be very surprised if Kiprusoff was left off the team
     
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    Why wouldn't you want him on the team? :dunno:

    Also, whatever happened to Jani Hurme? Last I heard he was in Florida; I thought he played pretty well for Finland at the 2002 Olympics...but he doesn't seem to be on anyone's radar right now.
     
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    Does Fredrik Norrena make it, or has he only been involved in a lot of international competitions because there's no one better available? :dunno:
     
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    He was acquired by Atlanta but he was injured. Not sure if he ever played for Atlanta. Man what is it with the Thrashers and Finnish guys?
     
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    Are you just joking around, or is there an actual reason you say he's a jerk?

    Sorry to hear about Hurme....
     
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    If it was the Olympics in question he'd have a chance, but small ice surface should pretty much guarantee that he won't make the team.

    He would deserve being on the team though (as would Toskala, Nurminen and Lehtonen). Despite the fact that he hasn't played in the NHL, he's an excellent goaltender who only gets better when the stakes go up, not to mention that he's arguably the best stickhandler among Finnish goalies.
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking about that also, he might not be the best choice for a tourney played on NHL ice.

    Thanks so much for the info. I read a lot of updates about how he's doing, but I wasn't sure how he was thought of by Finnish hockey fans.

    I'm hoping Tampa signs him next year, I really want to get a look at this guy up-close and see what he can do.
     
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    :huh:
     
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    Of the Finnish international teams- not the Sharks.
     
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    what does "seems to be a bit outsider" mean
     
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    After he fockedup in the St.Petersburgh WCs-tournament, the speculation of him joining the Finnish team has been very minimal. And i think he wont be joining the World Cup -team.
     
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    You mean the semi-final vs. Slovakia? But in that case, both Kiprusoff and Nurminen have had their share of weak performances for team Finland.
     
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    Yeah it seems odd to count Norronen right out of consideration due to a bad game in the WCs this year, and have Toskala's chances be as a longshot for a bad game in the past. Especially since overall they played so well. If that is the criteria every Finnish goalie who has ever blown a lead against a team (Usually the Swedes, come on you know its true) would be out of consideration and there would be nobody left to chose from. I think Norronen and Markkanen are at least as if not more deserving of mention than Niittymakim and Norrena, and taking Toskala, Nurminen, and Lehtonen over them is not a no-brainer either. All have shown a lot of skills and they all look like they could be starters on an nhl team if given the chance, but none have done this yet, except for Kipper (granted with Lehtonen age is the reason).
     
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    Yes, that i mean. He hasn´t got an invitation after that. Nurminen and Kiprusoff have both been more solid in Leijonat, at least in one tournament.
     
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    Indeed, especially World Cup is playd in smaller rinks, that all the NHL goalies are used to.

    This is not true(imho). Finns usually play very well against the Swedes, in 2002 and 2003 tournaments the goalies didn´t play very well at all. Goal tending usually faills more badly against Slovakia, Russia or Kanada. Sweden is not a problem due to a team spirit they usually get against them.

    Well, wasn´t Nurminen no.1 starter in Atlanta this year?? Although he was injured at some point.
     
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