I know Pete DeBoer didn't know much about Koistinen when he was signed on July 1, saying then that the team's pro scouts were high on his ability to play on this team. That hasn't happened. But, Koistinen seems to have come to the Panthers at the wrong time.
When he was signed, Florida only had Bryan Allen, Bryan McCabe and Keith Ballard inked to contracts and Allen was an unknown commodity because of his knee. The Panthers later got Jordan Leopold and Dennis Seidenberg, and rookie Dmitry Kulikov beat out Koistinen for the sixth D spot.
"I think Ville came in here, we had 10 exhibition games, I think he played eight of them,'' DeBoer said this morning. ''The reality of the situation was Kulikov outplayed him for that spot. Knock on wood, we've been healthy on defense. And [Koistinen] hasn't had an opportunity to get back in on defense and earn a job back. This is a chance for him to go down and play defense and keep him ready for when he gets an opportunity."
I then asked Pete if what he meant by that was that Ville had gotten a fair look in the preseason.
"We had [four] new defensemen come in this year and we had a long preseason and an opportunity to audition all of those guys,'' he said. ''We purposely gave the new guys as many games as possible and coming out of camp, we went with the six we were most comfortable with. He wasn't in that mix. Usually you have some injuries that give you another opportunity, but that hasn't come along, so he's got to wait for that chance.''
-- Tomas Vokoun in net tonight. Pete said he plans on having Scott Clemmensen play this weekend, so he would go tomorrow in Nashvegas. Or not. If Vokoun has another great night in net, I could see him going against the Preds (in their new third jerseys) tomorrow as well.
-- Gregory Campbell still out it appears.
-- Here's Craig Anderson taking on the mighty Blue-And-White. As always, enjoy: