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Cory Emmerton Signs in Finland

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The exodus continues, as another Wings player signs overseas during the lockout.

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News out of Finland today, as Valtteri Filppula and Teemu Pulkkinen won't be the only Red Wings players to ding the radar of SM-Liiga.

(Thanks Google Translate!)

SAIPA has obtained an agreement extending 03.11.2012 Detroit Red Wings center forward Cory Emmertonin.

The agreement is valid until the NHL lockout time and SaiPalla has the right to extend the contract since the beginning of November, a month at a time.

According to the translation, he was also a "symbol of pride in the auto power". It's not as funny as Google translations of Czech, but the Finnish stuff can get kind of confusing as well.

Mike Halford from ProHockeyTalk sums it up nicely

The strong freshman campaign earned Emmerton high praise; he was named the 2011-12 Red Wings’ Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

In Finland, Emmerton will join a SaiPa team light on NHL experience. The team is predominantly built around European league veterans but does feature Brian Salcido, a former Anaheim prospect who played briefly for the Ducks during the 2008-09 season.

Listen, people like to bag on Emmerton, but six goals from your fourth line center is much more of a luxury than you'll see with a lot of teams. If a stint in Finland helps him build the kind of confidence in his role as a grinder for the Wings, then I'm all for it.

If you're curious, SaiPa last played Jokerit on the 25th of September and won 4-3 (Val Filppula had one assist). They meet again on November 17th. Personally, I'm hoping that neither of Detroit's players are still in the SM-Liiga by the time that date rolls around.