Immonen signs with AK Bars
Friday June 05th 2009, 7:27 am
Photo: SM Liiga

Photo: SM Liiga

Former Ranger prospect Jarkko Immonen, who finished second in scoring in the Finnish SM Liiga last season, has signed a two year contract with KHL champions AK Bars Kazan.  The deal, which was first rumored about ten days ago, was announced today following negotiations between AK Bars and his Finnish team JYP to free the center from the final year of his contract in Finland.  “I have mixed feelings,” Immonen told Russian site  “On one hand I’m very sad to leave a club which has been important to me.  On the other, this is a new experience, new challenges before me with AK Bars.”

The 27- year old forward lead JYP with 23 goals and 41 assists for 64 points in 58 games last season, his second in Finland after leaving North America following two years with the Rangers organization.  In 128 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Immonen put up 50 goals and 66 assists for 116 points.  He continues to hold the franchise record for goals in a game with five, set in a match against the Portland Pirates on February 4, 2006.  Immonen scored three goals and had five assists in 20 NHL games with the New York Rangers.  He spent three years with JYP prior to coming to North America and was a key piece in the trade that sent Brian Leetch to Toronto in 2004.

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    i liked immonen the fews games i saw him play for the Rangers, it’s too bad he decided to jump back to Europe.

    Comment by Ryan McFadden 06.05.09 @ 10:44 am

    I really like Immonen, and still think he could have had a successful career in the NHL. But once he failed to get the Shanny seal of approval, his days with the Rangers were numbered. I still think he should have given it another year before heading back to Finland, but what’s done is done. He’s certainly going to a good team in AK Bars (as much as I hate to admit it) and maybe a couple of successful seasons there will garner him some interest from an NHL club or two. I tend to doubt it, though — I think his ship has already sailed.

    Comment by laurie 06.05.09 @ 1:57 pm

    Did he not have major foot speed issues?

    Comment by Elliot 06.05.09 @ 5:44 pm

    A convenient excuse to bury him in the AHL, IMHO.

    Comment by laurie 06.06.09 @ 9:20 am

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