Rangers Ink Finn Ilkka HeikkinenMay 20, 2009, by
In other news, the Rangers signed Finnish defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen to an NHL contract. According to posts on the HFBoards, which are surprisingly reliable, Heikkinen, who will have his name mispronounced and misspelled many times, is an offensive defensman who was third in the Finnish league in points amongst defensemen. He also likes to fight.
I don’t really know if another defenseman is what the Rangers need right now, but I guess it can’t hurt. His money won’t count against the cap unless he makes the team. And if he makes the team, then that will already be more than anyone expects for next year.
Off topic, how soon until someone calls this kid Heineken?