As the Examiner notes, Paille is the second Stanley Cup winner to join the team, which currently finds itself in the basement of the SM-liiga. Flyers forward Maxime Talbot won his Cup in 2009 with the Penguins and signed with Ilves in November. four points and 24 penalty minutes in seven games
Tuukka Rask played for Ilves from 2004 until 2007, as did his brother Joonas from 2008 until last season. Rask played for the Czech Republic’s HC Škoda Plzeň earlier in the lockout before tweaking his groin, much to the horror of anxious B’s fans in waiting.
Despite this year’s lackluster start, Ilves in the winningest team in SM-liiga history, and its logo bears striking resemblance to a deranged Snarf from ThunderCats.
Paille will make his Ilves debut on December 5. Paille and the Lynx will take on Joonas Rask and Jokerit on January 15, and former Boston University captain Chris Connolly‘s Tappara, Finnish for “battle axe,” on January 24. Connolly has played in 26 of 27 games, with 8 goals, 12 assists, and a plus/minus of 6. If there was ever a time to throw caution to the wind and venture over to those sketchy third-party Finnish TV livestream sites, it’s now, Terrier fans.