The Detroit Red Wings have signed reigning World Championship MVP Jussi Olkinuora to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000.
The 2021-22 season was huge for Olkinuora, who won Olympic gold as a backup before posting a perfect record in eight games en route to a World Championship with Finland last month. Olkinoura was named tournament MVP and top goaltender after allowing just nine goals in eight games with four shutouts. It was one of the most dominant goalie performances we've seen in recent tournament history.
Olkinoura spent four years in the Manitoba Moose system after a two-year stint with the University of Denver. The 31-year-old went on to have a good career in Europe, spending the past three years in the KHL.
This is a smart low-risk, high-reward signing here. Olkinoura could potentially force himself into a backup position, but most likely will spend next year in the AHL. Alex Nedeljikovic is signed for one more year, with Olkinoura being the only other pro goalie signed at this point.