On the 1st day of free agency, the Buffalo Sabres signed Flyers free-agent forward Ville Leino to a 6 year 27 million dollar contract. When Italian Hockey sensation Gino Villalino heard the news, he thought his day had finally come.
“When I a heard onna Marconi thata Buffalo signed Villalino, I screamed ‘Momma Mia!’ Sumbody a betta pinch me!”
Unfortunately for Villalino, he soon found out that it was a case of mistaken identity. A first-line forward for the Flyers de Salerno, Villalino has scored 256 goals in his 4 year career in the Italian Hockey League, more than 10 times the goals scored by Ville Leino in his 2 years in the NHL. But Villalino is taking the disappointing news in stride. “Whaddayagonnado?” Villalino sighed, “Ima gonna keep a workin’, and a gonna keep a practicin’, and one a day Ima gonna be a star!!”
The agency representing Villalino, Omertá Sports, seemed less than amused. “Fugeddaboutit. We believe the Buffalo Sabres entered into a contract with our client, and we intend to make them honor that contract…”, stated Omerta spokesman Silvio “Fancy-Pants” Ferroggiaro “…or else.”
When asked about the confusion, Sabres GM Darcy Regier was heard to say “I’m sure Villalino is a great hockey player, but it was his mistake, not ours.”
It seems that “Fancy-Pants” Ferroggiaro isn’t taking no for an answer. “We plan on paying this Regier pompinaio a little visit”, says Ferroggiaro. When asked what happens if Regier still refused to sign his player, Ferroggiaro quipped, “Then we will show him the true meaning of ‘Hockey Heaven’”.