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Say Goodbye to Olli Jokinen?

From great friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:

The Olli Jokinen trade served its purpose in that it took forwards Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins off the books. As far as Jokinen’s contributions to the Rangers since arriving go, well, there have not been many and there is no reason for the Blueshirts to bring him back for a second stint next season for multiple reasons. It is sort of like the trade-off general manager Glen Sather was willing to make to get rid of Scott Gomez over the summer. He took on Chris Higgins, a player with a sinking career, in order to dump Gomez’s salary. That is how I see the Olli Jokinen trade with the Calgary Flames as well.

Jokinen, 31, has recorded two goals and eight assists in 16 games played with the Rangers this season. Other than those two goals and eight assists, Jokinen has been invisible. He has not been creative on offense, it is almost to the point that he is a liability on defense, and he has also been ineffective on the point while on the powerplay. Right now, the Rangers cannot afford to keep lack luster players like this around, especially when they are being paid over $5 million per year.

Click here for more on Jokinen. What do you folks think?

 

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

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