Entries with the tag: Olli Jokinen
As always, it was an interesting first day of free agency for the New York Rangers.
Olli Jokinen is gone. Jody Shelley is gone. Vinny Prospal resigned for one year and in the team’s most interesting move of the day, they signed Derek Boogaard to a four-year deal at $1.625 million per year.
The team also signed UFA goaltender Martin Biron to be their back-up goaltender and also resigned Erik Christensen for two years.
The Vinny Prospal deal is definitely a good one. He racked up 58 points this year and was the club’s second most consistent point producer next to Marian Gaborik. He worked hard, was not afraid to speak out and say what the team needed to do and provided veteran leadership in the locker room. He’ll bring all these intangibles to the team for at least one more season.
Over on his terrifice Rangers’ blog, The Rangers Tribune, Nicholas Montemagno is doing profiles on the club’s free agents.
This morning, he had this to say about Vinny Prospal:
Stating that forward Vinny Prospal was a pleasant surprise for the New York Rangers this season would be an understatement. He was brought here last season just to be given a chance after being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. General manager Glen Sather signed the veteran Czech for one year at $1.1 million, which we all thought was reasonable originally. At the time, little did Sather/we know that New York had just signed their second best offensive player for the year.
He also did one on Olli Jokinen yesterday. Continue to check out his site!
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.
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From good friend of the blog Andrew Gross at The Record:
Olli Jokinen tried to change his game with his previous NHL team. Now thrust into the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race, it’s not a mistake the Rangers’ center is willing to make again.
Olli Jokinen, left, came to the Rangers with a reputation as a passer, but now calls himself a shooter on the top line. “I’ve always been a shooter,” said Jokinen, acquired from the Flames on Feb. 2. “In Calgary, I tried to be a passer with Iggy [Jarome Iginla]. I tried to find him all the time. Once you do that, it affects your own play.”
So despite playing in between the Rangers’ top scorers, Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal, Jokinen isn’t planning to only think pass. But he does realize he has to heed coach John Tortorella’s demand to be more defensively responsible as he starts his fourth straight game on the top line in tonight’s critical match with the Canadiens.
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Good morning folks. As I am sure all of you New York Ranger fans know by now, the team dropped last night’s tilt to the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 2-1.
I didn’t catch much of the game but reports seem to indicate that this is a game that the Blueshirts could have won and picked up a big two points heading into a home game against an unbelievably hot Washington Capitals hockey team.
However, I can’t sit here and pretend that I watched last night’s game. As such, I suggest you check out friend of the blog Scotty Hockey, who, as always, had some interesting thoughts on the game:
Olli Jokinen had the first shot of the game with a shot late in the first period. Sure it was just a low shot but 1- it wasn’t right into Quick’s glove and 2- Jokinen followed it to the net. Too often this season Rangers are lettin’ ‘em fly and going for a change or pulling up and waiting for teammates. Throughout the night he went to the boards, tried to fight through traffic and seemed more than willing to let it fly so let’s hope this is the start of something good.
From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:
New Jersey-based agent Todd Diamond, who helps represent new Ranger center Olli Jokinen, said his client was excited about the opportunity that the deal consummated early this morning to bring him to New York along with rugged Brandon Prust in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins affords him.
“Olli is happy to come back East, where he had success,” Diamond said. “I think it’s a good fit.”
Specifically, Diamond was talking about the seven seasons Jokinen spent with the Florida Panthers, more specifically the 173 goals and 201 assists he compiled while missing just one game in the five seasons from 2002-08. Diamond said coach John Tortorella should be comfortable with what Jokinen can bring to the team, based on Tortorella coaching against him all those seasons for that other club in the Sunshine State.
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As most, if not all, New York Rangers fans know by now, the team has acquired Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.
On paper, this looks like a pretty good deal as the Blueshirts were able to get rid of two underachievers on Broadway. If they find their scoring touch in Calgary, good for them but the Rangers’ are hoping that they got the better end of the deal with the potential offense that Jokinen can bring playing with Marian Gaborik.
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