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Isles defenseman clashes with coach

Updated: September 6, 2004, 4:58 PM ET
Reuters

HELSINKI, Finland -- New York Islanders defenseman Janne Niinimaa walked out on Finland ahead of its World Cup quarterfinal win over Germany because of a personality clash with coach Raimo Summanen.

Finnish newspapers were in a frenzy Monday after Niinimaa's move, which was announced by the team late Sunday.

The team cited "chemistry problems with head coach Raimo Summanen" for Niinimaa's departure.

"The team finds Niinimaa's decision regrettable but will try to focus on upcoming ...

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