When I read Eklund’s stuff I don’t know whether to laugh or cry (because what he writes is so horrendously rediculous) but today I’ll laugh and make Eklund the Joke of the Day!
From the infamous Eklund on ‘Swing Players’ for the Leafs:
Tony Salmelainen. Someone I trust, who knows Fins better than almost anyone else, tells me that this signing will be the best late summer signing of them all. Tony is a huge talent in the making that just needed a little more time to develop to the North American game.
Someone should let Eklund know that the Tony Salmelainen that the Leafs signed is the same Tony Salmelainen that played 57 games for the Blackhawks last season and impressed them so much that they traded his salary to Montreal for the mega-malcontent known as Sergei Samsonov after which Montreal promptly bought him out of his contract. He is known more as a ‘skilled’ player and if the offensively deprived Blackhawks and Canadiens don’t have any interest in him I wouldn’t expect him to make much of an impact in the NHL any time soon. As for adjusting to the North American game, well, he has played 70 NHL games and 201 AHL games over 4 years so he has had ample time to adjust. At best he is a depth/injury replacement player but more likely than not he spends most of the year with the Marlies.
And if that weren’t enough, here is Eklund’s bold prediction:
Mark Bell nets 35 goals.
His best year is 25 goals and 48 points. Even the most optimistic Leaf fan doesn’t think he is capable of that. I am not even sure Mark Bell thinks he is capable of that.