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Can He Help?

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.

More from the team website:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the Rangers have acquired forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from the Calgary Flames, in exchange for forwards Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik.

Veteran center Olli Jokinen, 31, has played in 855 career NHL games and cracked the 30-goal mark in four of the past six seasons, including a career-high 39 goals with the Florida Panthers three years ago.

Jokinen, 31, has skated in 56 games for Calgary this season, tallying 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points, along with 53 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating.  He is tied for third in the NHL with five shootout tallies, including one game deciding goal.  He ranks second on the team in assists (24), third in points (35) and is tied for third in goals (11).

Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings with the third overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Jokinen has eclipsed the 30-goal mark four times in his career, most recently in 2007-08 when he recorded 34, including 18 power play goals which ranked third in the NHL.

The 6-3, 207-pounder enjoyed his finest NHL season in 2006-07, establishing career-highs in goals (39), assists (51), points (91), plus/minus rating (plus-18), and shots (351).  He ranked second in the NHL in shots, tied for seventh in game winning goals (eight), 11th in goals, and ranked 14th in points.

In 855 career NHL games, Jokinen has recorded 248 goals and 305 assists for 553 points, along with 847 penalty minutes. The Kuopio, Finland native is the Florida Panthers all-time franchise leader in goals (188), assists (231), points (419) and consecutive games played (376).

Click here for more on Jokinen and Prust. Do you folks like the deal? How do you think Jokinen will fit in? Will he regain his scoring touch under the Broadway lights?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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