Some people in the organization told me yesterday they weren't real happy with Olli's admission since, well, had he given some more effort maybe his play would have been a bit better.
Says Jacques: “I look back over the past 19 games and he hasn’t scored even strength.
"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. It’s a team game, but you need your best.’’
Well, Jokinen is minus-1 tonight after letting Bobby Holik beat him to a puck and eventually score with 7.2 seconds left in the first period. JM did a little more than just tell his captain he was unhappy.
Jacques demoted him.
Kamil Kreps found himself centering the top line to start the second period, with the WHOOOO line coming in second. Olli is now on the third line; he was on the wing with Jozef Stumpel centering, but this last shift, Olli centered Radek Dvorak and Steve Montador.
-- Olli got four minutes in the second period with a host of different players. He came out in the third with his old linemates for the power play. Will see who he plays with 5-on-5.