Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Miettinen looks forward to 'normal life' in Winnipeg

  • Print

Antti Miettinen is looking for some normalcy in his life – both for his family and his hockey career – and he hopes he has found it here in Winnipeg with the Jets.

Acquired on waivers earlier this week after first signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 31-year-old Finn was on the ice for the first time with his new teammates Friday morning. A decision as to whether he’ll suit up for the Jets against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday won’t be made until the pre-game skate, although head coach Claude Noel did hint his debut may not come until next week.

As for Miettinen, his arrival caps what has been a whirlwind week. After leaving his team in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, he signed a new contract with the Lightning, only to have the Jets grab his rights. And then getting to Winnipeg with his family from Helsinki was hardly a slam dunk.

"I feel like I’ve been travelling the whole week," said Miettinen after practice Friday. "It’s a pretty long flight and we had to stay overnight because we missed our connection. Things change quick. Sometimes that’s life, but hopefully we can settle in here now and get our normal life going."

Miettinen had 16 goals and 19 assists with the Minnesota Wild last season and has appeared in 472 games with Minny and the Dallas Stars. He signed with Kazan Ak-Bars in the KHL this summer and had two goals and six assists in 20 games before leaving the team.

"It was just a matter of our family not really being comfortable there," Miettinen explained. "It was pretty tough for my wife and myself to have a normal things rolling and so we decided to do this and here we are.

"It took a long time to think the move (to the KHL) because it was a huge not just for me and my career but also for our family. My wife was pregnant with (our second child)… there were a lot of things involved. It was personal reasons we went there and personal reasons we came back here. We’re happy here. You look back and think it might have been the wrong decision for all of us, but it’s in the past and we’ve got to look to the future."

The Jets will have decisions to make on whether to suit up Miettinen as well as Nik Antropov, Alex Burmistrov and Toby Enstrom – all recovering from injury.

"It’s going to be the coach’s decision whether I play or not," said Enstrom, who has missed 20 games with a shoulder injury. "But I’m cleared to play and it feels good.

"I’ve been practising with the team now for a week and it feels good. I’m not the guy who runs around and hits people. But it’s been almost seven weeks and I think the trainers are happy with what they’re seeing and I’m feeling great."

The Jets will be wearing their white jerseys at home for the game against Anaheim as the Ducks’ organization asked if they could don their third jerseys for the contest.

Meanwhile, the Jets announced Friday afternoon they have re-assigned forward Carl Klingberg to the St. John’s IceCaps. The 20-year-old Swede played in six games for the Jets after being recalled. He had 16 points in 20 games with St. John’s.

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca --with files from Tim Campbell

 

 

 

History

Updated on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM CST: Adds note on Klingberg reassignment.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Gail Asper says museum honours her father’s vision

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A goose comes in for a landing Thursday morning through heavy fog on near Hyw 59 just north of Winnipeg - Day 17 Of Joe Bryksa’s 30 day goose challenge - May 24, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Geese fly in the morning light over Selkirk Ave Wednesday morning- Day 22– June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think volunteers dragging the Red River is a good idea?

View Results

Ads by Google