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Olli Jokinen Officially Retiring From Hockey

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers will be signing former captain Olli Jokinen to an honorary contract with the club and will officially announce his retirement from professional hockey as a member of the Florida Panthers.

"Olli is an important player in the history of the Panthers franchise and he remains a fan favorite," said Tallon. "We are proud to give Olli the opportunity to retire as a Panther and we congratulate him on a long, successful and productive National Hockey League career."

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The All-Free-Agent-Leftover team

From mid-August onward, the free agents remaining on the market tend to start signing either short-term deals or agree to pro try-outs--and with the NHL's teams "capped out" in large part due to the almost-flat salary cap, and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline notes that there are still some solid free agents out there:

-- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will attend camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a professional tryout offer. That's the best the 41-year-old could do. You wonder if other established NHL players might go the similar route. It's a bit of a gamble -- take the low-ball offers on the table now, or go to somebody camp without a contract, wait for the inevitable injuries to crop up around the league, and sign a deal that's right. Among the NHL players still out there: forwards Daniel Briere, Curtis Glencross, Stephen Weiss, Martin Erat, Martin Havlat, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Cleary, Olli Jokinen, Tomas Fleishmann, Erik Cole, Michael Ryder, B.J. Crombeen, Jiri Tlusty, Sean Bergenheim, Tyler Kennedy, Marcel Goc and Scottie Upshall, and defenseman Cody Franson, Jan Hejda, Andrej Meszaros, Marek Zidlicky, Bryan Allen, Eric Brewer, Michal Roszival, John Erskine, Keith Ballard, Tim Gleason and David Schlemko.

-- What would you think of this club?

F1: Curtis Glencross – Steppen Weiss - Daniel Briere

F2: Martin Havlat – Olli Jokinen – Michael Ryder

F3: Martin Erat – Tomas Fleischmann – Brenden Morrow

F4: Erik Cole – Marcel Goc - B.J. Crombeen

extras: Tyler Kennedy, Jiri Tlusty

D1: Christian Ehrhoff – Andrej Meszaros

D2: Jan Hejda – Cody Franson

D3: Tim Gleason – Marek Zidlicky

extra: John Erskine

G1: Josh Harding

G2: Jonas Gustavsson

G3: Ray Emery

OK, you've got some goaltending issues. And, yes, this group would look a lot better, say, in 2008-09 than it does now. But that, friends, is the the current all-UFA team. How many games does that team win?

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A Post-Playing Career For Olli Jokinen

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

Thumbs up, or thumbs down to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment--it all depends on their willingness to heed my advice. I strongly suggest that MLSE would be wise to hire Olli Jokinen as a high-level media relations director, shortly after he decides to retire as an NHL player.

At a time when the Toronto Maple Leafs seem incapable of making positive news, Jokinen delivers a Hallmark card full of compliments. The cynics will say he wasn't around long enough to know Jarvis Street from Front Street, but Jokinen raved about his time in Toronto as part of his return with the St. Louis Blues.

"Everything is first class. Toronto is a great place to play. The hot tubs and the saunas and the meals are great. I don't know why free agents don't want to play for the Leafs," said Jokinen.

The best treatment he got from the Leafs was ice time following a trade from Nashville that encouraged the Blues to deal for him and put him into the playoffs for only the second time in his career. So he's grateful, but the flowery praise was above and beyond the call of good manners. Jokinen played against the Leafs last night, and, if they're smart, he'll soon work for them.

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Pre-trade deadline ‘headlines’ from Cox and Friedman

added 9:31pm, Watch the segment below...


Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.

Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.

Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.

According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;

Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;

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Video- Olli Jokinen On The Trade To Toronto

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Olli Jokinen speaks with the Toronto media for the first time at practice on Monday.

Watch below...

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Afternoon Line- Dave Nonis

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Olli Jokinen Lands In Nashville

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Video- Olli Jokinen’s Name Always Comes Up As The Trade Deadline Approaches

Mark Spector and Billy Jaffe of Sportsnet discuss possible options for Jokinen at the deadline.

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Jokinen Plans On Five Or Six More Big Seasons

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Olli Jokinen has heard the doubters and insists he’s not done.

The Winnipeg Jets centre believes he still has plenty of gas left in the proverbial tank.

“I think I’m going to have five, six big seasons left,” said Jokinen, who was among those to hit the ice at MTS Iceplex for an informal skate on Tuesday morning and addressed the media for the first time since last season. “I’m not nearly as done as you guys probably think. I have a lot of years (left). I’ve been playing a long time and I still think I can play five, six years at this level — easily.”

A year ago, Jokinen was a big free-agent addition for the Jets, inking a two-year deal worth $9 million.

The expectation was that he’d take over as the No. 1 centre but that plan never materialized.

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Injuries Hit The Jets

via TSN,

Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen is out 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain after colliding with New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Hickeyearly in Saturday's game.

According to Gary Lawless of TSN Radio 1290, defenceman Zach Bogosian is also out at least a week with a concussion. The blueliner appeared to be injured after taking a hit to the head from Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.

 


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Morning Line

"We're right there, we have a lot of guys who have won in the past and have been in the post-season. But we also have some guys who have never been in the post-season. Still, most of the guys here have won or been in the playoffs at some level. They know how good it feels. We don't want to waste this year. We don't want to be saying in a couple of weeks we were close."

- Olli Jokinen of the Winnipeg Jets and their playoff chances.  More from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Olli Jokinen To Winnipeg

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Hearing soon to be former #Flames Olli Jokinen and Winnipeg #Jets closing in on a multi year deal.

via Darren Dreger tweet,

2 year deal, $9mil for Jokinen in Wpg. $4.5 aav

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Olli Jokinen Had Surgery To Repair Abdominal Muscle Tear

Calgary, AB – Injury Update - Olli Jokinen underwent successful surgery on May 1st to repair a tear in an abdominal muscle. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Core Physicians Clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rehabilitation is expected to be three to four weeks and a full recovery is anticipated.

Jokinen first reported discomfort on March 22nd when the team played the Minnesota Wild; he was examined by team physicians and was treated regularly by the Flames medical staff through the conclusion of the playing season; Jokinen opted to remain in the line-up during this time and no games were lost to injury.

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Olli Jokinen Focuses On The Mental Part Of The Game

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

“I think it’s a mental mindset,” he said of his transformation from an offensive-minded but inconsistent scorer to a player who takes pride in shutting down the oppositions’ top lines and taking advantage of the scoring opportunities he does get.

He says he now understands and accepts his role with the Flames, knows how he has to play, and prepares as if every game is his last in the NHL.

“We’re very lucky to play in this league. This is the best league in the world,” Jokinen said. “When you get older, you start understanding that it’s not going to last forever and just try to make the most out of it every single day.”

With the help of a mental coach, Jokinen has become a creature of habit.

“I have a guy I call every game day. We do imagery, we go over who we play against and usually try to focus on that night,” Jokinen said.

“It helps me relax and helps me prepare for the game. It’s been good.”

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Video- Olli Jokinen Looks Ten Years Younger

 

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Video- Dubnyk With The Save Of The Night

Olli Jokinen can’t believe the save by Devan Dubnyk.

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Flames Don’t Agree With Jokinen Supsension

via the Flames PR department…

OLLI JOKINEN STATEMENT

“I disagree with the League’s decision to suspend me for three games. I believed from our discussion this morning that there was an understanding that my intent was not to injure and circumstances that resulted in my stick going higher then expected. While I am upset with the ruling, I will abide by it and serve my three games while preparing to help my team when I return. I will have no further say on the matter.”

CALGARY FLAMES STATEMENT

“We are very disappointed that the League has ruled this incident worthy of a three game suspension for Olli.  However, we respect both the review process and the League’s decision.”

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Report- Olli Jokinen Gets Three Game Suspension

via Craig Custance tweet,

Told that Olli Jokinen suspended for three games.

As I posted earlier today, you can watch the hit at TSN.

added 3:42pm, Darren Dreger tweet confirms,

3 games for Jokinen

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added 4:16pm,

TORONTO (November 18, 2010) – Calgary Flames’ forward Olli Jokinen has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $48,387.09 in salary for a cross check to the head of

Colorado Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes player Wojtek Wolski in NHL game #266 on November 17, 2010.

Jokinen’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 10:32 of the third period and Jokinen was assessed a major penalty for cross checking and a game misconduct. 

Jokinen will miss the Flames next three games – Nov. 19 vs. Chicago, Nov. 21 at Detroit and Nov. 22 at New York Rangers. He is eligible to return Nov. 24 at New Jersey.

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Olli Jokinen Called To The Carpet

via TSN,

Olli Jokinen could be facing a suspension.

The Calgary Flames forward has an 11:30am disciplinary conference call with the league for his crosscheck to face of Phoenix Coyotes forward Wojtek Wolski in the third period of the Flames 3-1 loss on Wednesday night.

The incident occurred in the third period of the game, and Jokinen was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.

Scroll to the 50 second mark of this video at TSN to see the hit.

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Bouwmeester Defends Himself, Jokinen Wishes Panthers Well

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

While Bouwmeester gets the blame heaped upon him, he remains a pretty popular figure among the Panthers. Bouwmeester remains friends with a number of players and coach Pete DeBoer, who only had Bouwmeester for one season, continues to rave about his talents.

—Jokinen, the Panthers former captain and the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, says he is hopeful the franchise is going in the right direction.

“They’ve gone through a lot of changes and I hope for the best, I hope they have it figured out,’’ said Jokinen, who keeps his offseason home in Broward County. “It looks like they have a good guy now leading the charge in Dale Tallon. It’s been tough times for the fans in South Florida. They still have fans and support, but it’s tough for them year after year missing the playoffs.’‘

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The State of Hockey in Finland

If there was ever a National team program historically greater than the sum of its parts, it would be Team Finland. Despite not having the offensive depth of many of their Elite Seven rivals, the Finnish National Team has repeatedly fared well in recent international best-on-best competition. After enduring many decades of lopsided defeats internationally at the hands of Canada, the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and longtime nemesis Sweden, the Finnish hockey program made great strides in the 1990’s, culminating with a World Championship in 1995. In addition, Finland has won more Olympic Hockey medals (1 silver, 2 bronze), than any other nation, since the introduction of NHL players to the Games in 1998.

Finland’s success can be attributed to a strong emphasis on teamwork and the fact that unlike their European rivals, hockey is indisputably the number one sport in their homeland, which has led to the implementation of adequately funded development programs and a strong domestic league in SM-liiga. More than any other European team, Finland employs a fast skating, tight forechecking, North American style of play, augmented by strong defensive zone coverage and consistently elite goaltending. The rinks in Finland have been adjusted to enhance the tight forechecking style of play, by adopting a size that is halfway between the dimensions of NHL and IIHF standards. Furthermore, in an effort to aid the National Team’s development programs, numerous goaltending schools have been created, and often led, by the country’s top puck stoppers. This has led to the emergence of many elite young goalies in the NHL, such as Tuukka Rask, Pekke Rinne, Antti Niemi and perhaps Kari Lehtonen, if he can find health and consistency in a Dallas Stars uniform.

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Depending On Jokinen

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

As Olli goes, so will the team.

Same goes for Sutter, who has tied his fate as GM to the 31-year-old Finn.

If Jokinen can mesh with anyone on the top two lines — on Saturday, he opened between Tanguay and Iginla as expected — the Flames are likely to boost the offence to get them in the playoffs.

If he continues to flounder, as he did last year before being traded, the Flames will miss the playoffs again, and Sutter will most likely be replaced by Jay Feaster.

It’s really that simple.

Arriving a few weeks early to register his kids in school, Jokinen appears fit and sports a good attitude.

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Olli Jokinen?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

This is why it’s so much fun covering hockey in Calgary.

Olli Jokinen?

Olli Jokinen!

When you ponder the history, under what circumstances could the Flames possibly ever consider bringing back Olli Jokinen?

Consider that two years ago, Jokinen arrived in Calgary from Phoenix, costing them a first-round draft choice that the Coyotes turned into a blue-chip prospect (Moncton’s Brandon Gormley) at last Friday’s NHL entry draft.

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Jokinen Back To The Flames

per Darren Dreger tweet,

Jokinen to Calgary is all but done> 2 years, $ 3 mil per.

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Why Was Phaneuf Traded?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

A candid Olli Jokinen suggests Dion Phaneuf may have been railroaded out of Calgary because of the loathing of disgruntled Flames supporters.

Speaking just minutes after he had made his New York Rangers home debut Thursday night, Jokinen strongly rejected the notion that Phaneuf was shipped to Toronto last Sunday because he was a cancer in the Flames dressing room.

“No, no, no. Not at all. He’s a great teammate,” Jokinen said after the Rangers’ 6-5 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

Okay, then why did general manager Darryl Sutter trade the young defenceman?

“The biggest thing is, (Phaneuf) wasn’t accepted by the Calgary fans, even though he was once a Norris Trophy candidate,” Jokinen said.

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Flames Will Need Goals From Jokinen

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Dating back into last season, Jokinen has scored just once in his last 23 regular-season games – not enough for a player that averaged 37 goals in each of his final three years with the Florida Panthers and was acquired by Calgary at last year’s trade deadline to provide goals.

Of course, the difference between Jokinen then and Jokinen now is evident in his shots-on-goal total. In those three years in Florida, Jokinen took 351, 351 and 341 shots respectively. Last year, split between Phoenix and Calgary, his shots plunged by more than 100 (to 236) and this year, it’s even worse. Through 10 games, he had only 17 shots in total, or about what Alex Ovechkin manages every two games.

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Catching Up With Two Ex-Panthers

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Every offseason, it seemed, brought more drama from changes in management and coaching, to star players being shipped out. Bouwmeester had seen enough.

``The biggest part of it was all the changes and turnover,’’ Bouwmeester said. ``It’s hard to build something and be consistent when that is always going on. I know Pete [DeBoer] is a real good coach, and he did a good job last year and will continue to do so. . . . I was there for six, seven years and had four head coaches and just as many GMs. It’s hard to build something when someone new wants to come in and start over.’‘

Bouwmeester, who is from nearby Edmonton, is back in his element. The players’ parking lot in Calgary has its share of fancy sports cars, but a good number of players share Bouwmeester’s style and drive Chevy or Ford trucks.

Olli Jokinen isn’t one of those players. And unlike Bouwmeester, Jokinen didn’t want out of South Florida.

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Disappointed In- Sundin Or Jokinen?

from TSN, Every week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Among the big late season acquisitions, who has been the biggest disappointment Mats Sundin or Olli Jokinen?

Bob McKenzie: I’ll go with Mats Sundin, only because his body of work with the Vancouver Canucks is larger than that of Olli Jokinen with the Calgary Flames.  Having said that, I believe that the prospect of Mats Sundin reversing what has happened in the regular season and making noise in the playoffs is far greater than Jokinen with the Flames.

Keith Jones: For me it is Olli Jokinen and for this reason: he shoots the puck a lot; therefore Mike Cammalleri has stopped scoring goals.  Since the trade deadline just three goals for Cammalleri due to the negative effect of Olli Jokinen.

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Coyotes Did Not ‘Dump’ Jokinen

from Darren Pang of Holy Jumpin! at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

When Olli Jokinen was traded to the Coyotes at the NHL Draft last year, the Coyotes felt they had that big, strong, offensive-minded centerman they had been craving.

It didn’t work, for whatever reason. There was chemistry that was missing. The big Finnish centerman was trying, but it just wasn’t working. He has another season at $5.5 million, so the assumption is trading him to Calgary was a salary dump….

he issue was chemistry. This is not Shane Doan’s fault, although he is such a stand-up guy, he will try to take the blame. Everyone was searching for the right combination on the ice. Wayne Gretzky tried every forward with him….

So, at the end of the day, watch the Coyotes play. Don’t just read someone’s written opinion and buy into the money and the selling of players. Evaluate their game and team speed and skill level.

All players, trainers and fans forge relationships with players and it is never easy seeing guys go. But make your own evaluation and then tell me this is a “sell-off.” You won’t see it that way.

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A Minnesota Fan’s View on Wild’s Deadline Day

From Derek Felska at The State of Hockey News:

Any team more or less makes a covenant with its fans to do the absolute best it can.  In the case of the fans, they have shown incredible devotion and dedication to the Minnesota Wild selling out every home game in team history up to this point.  The fans have made its merchandise amongst the top selling teams in the league, and have filled the arena to over 100% capacity for the last few seasons.  That covenant is a trust between fans and ownership.  The actions or in this case the inaction of this team is a huge betrayal of that trust.  With the team’s fortunes this season clearly heading south, the Wild opted not to be a big seller and chose not to trade soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Stephane Veilleux, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kurtis Foster, or star winger Marian Gaborik.  It seems strange a team that will likely not qualify for the post season did not even attempt to trade off assets with the hope of acquiring picks or prospects for the future.

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At the Star-Tribune, Michael Russo notes there was some action in Minnesota yesterday, but it fell apart:

While the Wild won’t confirm what “major deal” it was involved in until Wednesday morning, sources say General Manager Doug Risebrough continued his longtime quest for Jokinen, the former Florida Panthers captain who was ultimately traded from Phoenix to the Calgary Flames.

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The Time Is Now For Jokinen

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

It’s put-up or shut-up time for Olli Jokinen.

After years of teasing and flirting with becoming a truly elite player, rather than just a solitary figure trapped in unhappy situations, Wednesday’s trade to the Flames gives him every opportunity to finally fulfil his vast potential.

His lack of leadership in the past has come into question. Well, he isn’t obliged to be a centrepiece in Calgary. No one’s looking for him to lead the charge into Joe Louis or The Shark Tank. There’s already many strong personalities inside the Flames’ room. Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr, for starters. There’s plenty of insulation for him to just go out and dominate on the ice - and certainly all the ingredients are in place for that.

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Updated: Calgary Acquires Olli Jokinen

According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, Calgary and Phoenix are seriously negotiating a deal involving Olli Jokinen.  McKenzie feels it’s likely a deal will be forthcoming.

We’ll update with developments and links as they become available.

Update 12:24pm ET: ESPN has more info:

Hradek (12:15 p.m. ET): A good source with knowledge of the dealings says the Flames-Coyotes are close to a deal on Jokinen. The source says the proposed deal would send Flames C Matt Lombardi and first-round pick to the Coyotes for Jokinen. Stay tuned!


added 12:40pm
, Darren Dreger calling the deal done.  Brandon Prust, Matthew Lombardi and a first round pick to Phoenix for Jokinen.

Update 12:44pm ET: Confirmation link at TSN.


*original post time was 11:27am ET

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Sore Shoulder Sidelines Jokinen 2-4 Weeks

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The iron-man streak of Olli Jokinen’s is over after 397 games.

The Coyotes center, who had played 376 in a row in Florida before being traded to the Coyotes in the off-season, suffered a shoulder injury in Wednesday night’s victory at Columbus and will miss two to four weeks, starting with Friday’s game against Colorado.

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All Olli Jokinen

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Q: Do you feel you were under appreciated while with the Panthers?

A: “Yeah, but it is part of the business. They had to do everything possible to sell their season tickets. I was there to take the blame. I have no regrets.

“I knew after the year I was gone, but probably the most disappointing thing was I didn’t really get a clear answer. I just heard everything, what was going on, behind the scenes. But I knew I was gone. I just didn’t know where….

Q: Have you been able to get past the incident involving your skate and Richard Zednik’s skate?

A: “I’m just happy to see him playing again. It’s behind now. It’s past. …I still wish all the best for the Panthers. I had a good seven years over there. …I heard finally they have a good coach there, too, so that’s good.”

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A Long Time Without A Playoff Appearance

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

There is a rather delicious irony in the fact the Phoenix Coyotes are scheduled to host the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

Barring an injury, Olli Jokinen of the Coyotes will play his 735th career game that night against his former team. That appearance will eclipse the all-time dubious NHL record, currently held by former Panthers assistant coach Guy Charron, for most NHL career games played without appearing in a playoff game.

Charron wasn’t aware of the impending history when contacted by The Hockey News Wednesday morning and it’s clear it’s an aspect of his playing career he has grown weary of discussing.

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Doan & Jokinen Share Goals

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Now Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen, unexpectedly thrown together as linemates in a blockbuster deal this summer, hope to use their skills - and unleash years of pent-up frustration - to get the Coyotes into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. To accomplish that task, both will have to be offensive powerhouses.

A trip to the postseason also would do a lot to take the 800-pound hockey puck off their backs. Here are two of their numbers: Jokinen, 723 games played and no playoff appearances; Doan, 396 since his last blip on the playoff radar in 2002.

More than 1,000 games to look back on, a lot of “what-if” scenarios, but this newest and biggest version of the desert’s Dynamic Duo has its sights set on making this a season to remember.

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Morning Line

“I don’t have any personal goal,” he said. “I think if I bring my best every night, do my best, the numbers are gonna be there. The bottom line is to win and help this team to win hockey games.

“It takes 100-plus points to be in position for the playoffs, so it means 50 wins and it’s got to start the first day of training camp.”

-more from Olli Jokinen at the Arizona Republic…

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Trashing Olli

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

The word was out about Olli Jokinen. And it wasn’t good.

One league executive, who team was rumored to be among those pursuing Jokinen, called the former Panthers center “a dog” late Friday night and said any talk of sincere interest on the part of his team was “a plant.”

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High Price Tag For Jokinen

from Russo’s Rants,

Olli Jokinen: I’ve been told my multiple league and team sources that the Wild is indeed very much interested in the Florida Panthers’ captain, who’s scored 173 goals the past five years.

Right now, however, the price is not right. The Panthers wants a young, up and coming prospect from the Wild, and Risebrough is not willing to part with him. If that specific part of the package changes, the Wild would pull the trigger.

more on the Wild including a Rolston update…

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More On Jokinen

“Olli wants to play hockey, and if the Florida Panthers want him to play for them, that’s great. He’s more than willing to do that,’’ Gandler said. “It’s up to the Panthers. If they want to trade him away, that’s their business. There’s nothing we can do about it. Olli is going to play hard for someone next season, that’s all I can tell you.’‘

- Mark Gandler, agent for Olli Jokinen

more at On Frozen Pond…

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Panthers Talk Jokinen

from On Frozen Pond,

For those who asked, both JM and DeBoer were asked if anything changed with Olli Jokinen’s situation. These are paraphrases…

JM: “I don’t think anything has changed. We don’t have many untouchables on our roster. If we see a chance to improve our team, we will.’‘

DeB: “Those are decisions that are best left up to Jacques. My plan is to come here in September and go to training camp with whatever team I’m given.’‘

more on the introduction of DeBoer as the Panthers head coach…

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Jokinen Still Waiting

from the Sun-Sentinel,

And now with the Panthers guaranteed to miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season, Jokinen knows that when he does make it, if ever, he will have waited longer than anyone in NHL history.

Panthers assistant coach Guy Charron, who played for four franchises during his 12 NHL seasons (1969-1981), is No. 1 all-time in most NHL games played (734) without a playoff game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau….

“It’s definitely not a record you want to hold,” Jokinen said. “The last few years at the deadline, I had a chance to go somewhere if I had opened my mouth and said, ‘I want to move.’ But nothing has changed. I want to win here.”

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Who Goes

from the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

It has become quite clear in recent days that Jacques Martin and Olli Jokinen can’t co-exist beyond this season. One of them will be gone this summer, so now owner Alan Cohen has a tough decision to make.

—- He can’t have Martin step down has coach and remain as GM because the GM picks his coach and he’d likely pick someone with a personality similar to his, one that players both in Ottawa and Florida contend doesn’t relate well to them.

—- He either has to keep Martin in both positions or in neither.

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Still Going At It

via the Miami Herald,

Questions about Jokinen’s leadership have surfaced, with coach and general manager Jacques Martin deflecting comment about that Thursday, saying it was something best addressed after the season.

‘‘I look back over the past 19 games and he hasn’t scored even strength,’’ Martin said.

“He’s a minus player right now. I think he has to be better and he knows that. If you want to win, your best players have to be your best players. We go a lot of nights with the Stephen Weiss line as the top line.”

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Panthers Must Continue To Win

from the Miami Herald,

Olli Jokinen, the captain, the leading scorer, the name most associated with Panthers hockey, understands the stakes for his team because he agrees this is the ‘‘biggest game,’’ of the season.

But he also has to have a clear understanding of what this means to him. Personally.

And that is this: He must keep the Panthers winning and pointed toward the playoffs, because if he doesn’t his reputation as a guy who can’t get his team in the postseason will only mushroom.

‘‘Every year you feel like a failure if the team doesn’t make the playoffs,’’ Jokinen said Wednesday. ``All the goals and points—that’s all stuff you want to put away. If the team doesn’t make the playoffs, it’s a failure.

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Wild Could Use A Player Like Jokinen

from Russo’s Rants,

Could this team unearth a top player from another team, whether it be a center or a defenseman – maybe a gritty, high-scoring center like Florida’s Olli Jokinen?

After all, a fourth Florida scout watched the Wild play tonight for the fifth time in six games. Like I said a few days ago, I know the Panthers and Wild play this week, but wouldn’t you agree that’s a little excessive pre-scouting?

Of course, I can promise you the Panthers wouldn’t just give Jokinen away. It would have to be a deal that knocks their socks off. They’re under no pressure to trade him — he’s under contract for the next two years at a reasonable price.

more on the Wild…

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Jokinen Needs To Be Better

from the Miami Herald,

With his team reeling, Panthers coach Jacques Martin indicated Friday he wants leading scorer Olli Jokinen to raise his game.

‘‘We need more out of people like Olli,’’ Martin said. ``We need more away from the puck. Other people have been contributing.’‘...

‘‘If it were your skate, you can imagine what you would go through,’’ he said. ``It has definitely been tough. Maybe I haven’t gotten enough rest….”

more on the Panthers…

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How About Koivu For Jokinen

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Gainey is also believed not to be adverse to trading team captain Saku Koivu, who has only 12 goals this season, is a minus player and could probably use a change of scenery. But Koivu is four years older than Jokinen and far less productive, so Gainey would have to enhance the offer.

Perhaps a package of Koivu, Jaroslav Halak, a first-round pick and a prospect would be enough. Gainey could also include Alexander Perezhogin, who is having a fine season in Russia this year, but whose contract rights are still owned by the Canadiens.

more and some Richards talk too…

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Wild Show Interest In Jokinen

via the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

The Minnesota Wild hasn’t tried to hide its interest in Jokinen. And it appears the Panthers are at the very least exploring the idea of trading him there by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

Why?

Panthers director of pro scouting Bill O’Flaherty was at the Wild’s game in Chicago last night. He’s the third different Panthers’ representative to attend a Wild game recently—pro scout Jack Birch and director of player development Duane Sutter are the others—and combined, the trio as attended four of the last six Wild games overall. Perhaps the Panthers want to be very prepared for their Feb. 29 home game against the Wild. Or…....they’re checking out their options for Jokinen.

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Jokinen Dealing With It

From Pete Pelegrin at the Miami Herald,

The cut left Zednik with a gash nearly two inches long—and Jokinen with an emotional scar.

‘‘I was watching the replay a couple of times, and it kind of makes me feel sick,’’ Jokinen said Tuesday after the Panthers’ first practice since the incident. “First, you go through and you want to see what actually happened. . . . It was just a freak accident. Losing blood like that—you never see anything like that. You remember that the rest of your life. You just have to find a way to deal and live with it.’‘

more…

added 1:59pm, via the Florida Panthers,

STATEMENT FROM RICHARD & JESSICA ZEDNIK

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Richard and Jessica Zednik today released a statement through Buffalo General Hospital.

Jessica Zednik, wife of the injured Florida Panther said, “On behalf of Richard and our entire family, I want to thank the fans, his teammates, the Panthers and Sabres organizations, plus so many others for their prayers and well wishes. I especially want to thank the medical staff involved in his care and the Buffalo General Hospital for their tremendous support during this difficult time. Richard continues to improve and we are encouraged each day. We thank you for respecting our privacy and would ask everyone to continue to keep Richard in their thoughts over the next few days.”

Update 2:10pm ET: TSN is reporting: “Richard Zednik continues to improve and should be released from hospital within the next 48-72 hours.”

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