This is Reijo Juhani “Rexi” Ruotsalainen. He played 26 regular season games for the Edmonton Oilers, and 43 in the playoffs. He once scored 28 goals in an NHL season, a nice mark for a defenseman in any era.
With word today that Sheldon Souray is hurt again and flew back to Edmonton I think it’s time for another “second half miracle” from Rexi. He’s only 47.
Oilers won last night with Dustin Penner playing the hero. Other things to be happy about include Tom Gilbert’s continued fine play, Garon getting the job done in net and Horcoff ending a point drought.
This team remains undermanned and on the outside looking in, but if they could add a veteran RW, a nice scoring LW and stop playing Grebeshkov and Smid every night they have the coaching to make a noise in the Western Conference. And by “noise” I mean “screw Brian Burke out of a lottery pick.”
Any old guys in Europe interested in coming over to NA for a 40 game romp ala Rexi?