Signed last July to a two-year, $2.4M (one-way!) contract, the former Predator and longtime Finnish League (Tampere) defenceman arrived in Sunrise amidst modest fanfare as a
cheaper more financially efficient alternative to just-departed blueliner Karlis Skrastins. There may also have been the question of the Panthers heading to Helsinki for a big season-opening blowout jamboree without a single Finn on the roster, having allowed veteran winger Ville Peltonen to walk only weeks earlier. And this guy, unlike these days, was unavailable. Whatever: hole plugged.
Things were looking bright for Koistinen early on, at least in public: the kid scored a goal on his home turf in the opener (and the SO winner). That game had unfortunately turned out to be the only time he found the back of a net in Cats gear, as his relationship with Florida coach Peter DeBoer reportedly went into a deep freeze; he completed his 17-game tenure with the Panthers after compiling four points (including that single regulation goal), a +1, and 8 penalty minutes. Injury issues later capped his time in Rochester at eight games (1g-1a). The damage was already done, though; falling out of favor and tumbling quickly down the depth chart, he was rapidly deemed expendable. Good luck to him.
The "Koistinen Experiment" was a failure because...
...Sexton's staff didn't do their homework (rolled the dice on a Pred flameout) (32 votes)
...Sexton's staff had no other options (club for sale, limited budget, etc) (20 votes)
...Coach Pete didn't use him "correctly" (i.e. too much time at forward) (30 votes)
...He flat sucked (75 votes)
157 total votes