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Olli Jokinen Leaving Flames, Traded to Rangers: Sunrise Homecoming Postponed Until April

Ollitrade Those of hoping to see Olli Jokinen at The Billboard on Friday when the Flames come to town will now have to wait until the Rangers come to town in April.

The former Panthers captain was traded to the Rangers tonight following the Flames 3-0 loss to the visiting Flyers.

Y'all will just have to settle for Jay Bouwmeester and Nik Hagman.

Jokinen spoke to the media in Calgary after Monday's game and the trade that officially followed it.

Hard to believe the Flames held off on this deal until they played the Flyers. One more game made that much of a difference?

Ollicalgary2 "Eleven months ago, when I got traded here I was hoping I could stay here the rest of my career, but like I say it’s a brutal business,’’ Jokinen told The Calgary Herald, quoted as he was leaving the Saddledome.

"That’s the way it goes. It comes with the salary. When you make $5 million dollars, 11 goals is not going to cut it. It’s definitely a slap in the face to get traded.’’

He also said this about playing in a game -- for a team -- knowing the trade was going down. Word was his wife Katerina went to the game knowing a deal was going to happen soon after the game concluded.

That has to be a strange feeling, but hopefully she got to say goodbye to all the friends she made in Calgary. Just like she had to say goodbye to all those friends in Phoenix -- and South Florida -- before.

Remember, it wasn't just Olli being traded. It was his family as well.

Like in Florida, Olli was always good at looking at the big picture, knowing that his financial situation won't buy him sympathy from some fans out there struggling to make it in the real world.

"This is what we do for a living,'' he said. "We make good money. We get paid good dollars. [Moving] is the sacrifices we have to do."

Olli isn't headed east to New York just yet. According to reports, he's on his way to California to meet up with the Rangers in Los Angeles. Sports is funny this way, yes? Olli's NHL career started with the Kings before he headed to the Islanders.

Olli came to the Panthers from the Islanders, and this is where he enjoyed his greatest success as a pro. He didn't want to leave the Panthers, know that.

But his actions on the ice in the final weeks of the 2007-08 season all but dictated he had to go. As captain of the Panthers, he lost a room that he had owned months before.

Players who had his back saw what appeared to them as him turning his back on the franchise and hampering the team's chances to make the playoffs to rid them of their coach for reasons as personal as they were professional.

Jacques Martin knew this as well.

When JM was fired as coach but asked to stay on as GM, there was little doubt he was going to trade Olli.

After all, it was Olli's uninspired play down the stretch that helped facilitate JM being fired as coach -- a job he still feels he should still have.

Of course, now looking back, perhaps there was something else there. Olli hasn't put up the same kind of numbers since his skate accidentally slashed Richard Zednik in the neck in Buffalo on Feb. 10, 2008.

Look at the stats: In the first 58 games during the 2007-08 season -- including the goal in Buffalo -- Jokinen had 27 goals and 29 assists (0.97 points per game).

After that, he finished with seven goals and eight assists in 24 games (0.63).

In the 156 games since the Zednik incident, Jokinen has 47 goals and 60 assists (0.69 points per game) for the Panthers, Coyotes and Flames. During his top five seasons with the Panthers (2002-08), Jokinen scored 374 points in 409 games (0.91).

So you can see, his numbers have dropped off.

"You’ve got to play hard every time you go on the ice, no matter what distractions you have," Olli said, according to Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald.

"You play for that sweater, that logo on the front, as long as they tell you you’re part of the team. It was a long day. I obviously heard everything yesterday. Last night, I was kind of surprised. It was a big day yesterday. Dion got traded. I, obviously, wasn’t expecting to get moved. It’s part of the business. I’ve got to move on."

Freetix -- Of course, it won't cost much to see Friday's game against the Flames.

Swing on over to Quarterdeck across from Sawgrass Mills and pick up some freebies.

They have plenty.

-- Jokinen photos courtesy of The Calgary Herald; Photo at right courtesy of George Richards' cellphone.


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when will this team finally put together a long winning streak

injuries cannot be an excuse look at the senators, they lost their top two players and top goalie yet they continue to win with similar talent

George, George, George,

Jokinen didn't come to the Panthers from Los Angeles. He came to them from the NY Islanders as part of the deal the Panthers made that got them Roberto Luongo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 24th 2000-

Jokinen and Roberto Luongo traded to Florida in exchange for Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish

Next thing you'll be telling me is JM coach in the NHL prior to Ottawa and that he had great confidence in Craig Anderson!

George, thanks for doing the research about Olli's numbers before vs. after the Zednik incident. I'd never bothered to actually quantify this, but knew there was a a good drop-off after it happened.

So...now that's going to NY, any chance he'll shave off the ridiculous looking handlebar 'stache he's sporting these days?

Bill: Thanks for the heads up...fixed it...

senators didn't start winning until their top scorers came back from injuries. Alfredsson scored a hattrick his first game back .

The problem with olie is he is a 2nd or 3rd line center that was marqueed here as a first line captain. Sorry GR, as much as i dislike JM Ollie must have been partially responsible as his locker room woes followed him now to his 3rd team. Im listening to wfan as we speak and no oneis happy as to what he bring to the rags.
Said best, would you trade him back for ballard?...no.

Olli was GREAT while he was here. He was our most consistent and best scorer since Bure, so I won't forget those contributions.

His behavior, however, was inexcusable down the stretch and quite possibly cost us the playoffs. He and Martin clearly didn't get along and Olli needed to rise above that for his team. I am not a fan of Martin's style of coaching, and it clearly did not mesh well with Olli, but you are a highly paid professional and needed to step it up. While it stinks that we missed the playoffs, at least it did cost JM his coaching position and allowed us to get DeBoer, a positive. Personally, I would have loved to have Olli back here as our #2 center for this stretch run. Rhino is not cutting it as our #2, yet we sit idly by and do nothing.


The key player in the deal for the offense-challenged Blueshirts is Jokinen, the very talented 31-year-old center who has scored 34 goals or more in four seasons, but who also has a terrible reputation around the league as a selfish player who also is a bad teammate.

Don't forget the other homecoming on Friday. There should be a "Boo at Bouw" committee and I hope they give it to him every time he touches the puck. (Boos not to be confused with the Booooo(th) that #10 got on Sunday)

jimh go on the florida panther message board, fans are taking over the secti0n behind the calg bench for that purpose....


Like AG said, Rhino is not getting the job done and we need some offense.

Now I can't like Olli anymore because he's playing with the hated Rangers.

JayBo, welcome back...now get outtahere! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Jokinen this, Jokinen that. He's not important rght now. What is important is bringing someone that can score goals. If Sexton doesn't make a move before the deadline, or if he pulls a JM and gets someone like Eminger, he needs to go. He needs to make some kind of public statement to tell the fans he realizes scoring is a problem and that he's trying to fix it because I have no faith in him right now.

There are obviously deals to be had out there considering how many players have changed jerseys in the past couple days. I just don't think this organization has enough or is willing to give up enough to make an impact move, not another Eminger-like move as stated above. If you take virtually 3/4 of the league's top lines and match them up against the Cats, the talent gap is as obvious as in the game last night against the Ducks (Getzlaf-Perry >>>> Horton-Weiss). Therefore, this team needs to get those 15-25 goal scorers on the 2nd line to balance out the production. After a hot start, Rhino has been invisible. Maybe his dad needs to spank him again or something. Stillman is streaky and the switching of Dvorak/Olesz to that line hasn't done much either. Speaking of which, the 3rd and 4th lines have been invisible lately too. Campbell, Moore, etc., all need to chip in here and there. It's sad to see Vokoun's awesome efforts (and the D has been much better this 2nd half of the year too) being wasted because no one can score.

JM did coach in the NHL before Ottawa in St. Louis.

while Ottawa does have its players back they are still in a better position than us.

It is clear that we are weak up front and it is also obvious that we are going to sit back and do nothing despite the fact that we lack a finisher

this is the best Vokoun has played since he has been here, it is amazing what happens when a coach shows confidence in you.

I wish everyone would stop worrying about other players like Ollie and start worrying about this team. Struggling for a last place playoff spot to get buried by the 1st place finisher like the Caps. Bet you a buck, if anything this team will be sellers and not buyers at the deadline. Sexton sucks

I think that's the point, Hank. We are worried that our lineup cannot achieve the playoffs as is. I'm tired of struggling towards 8th place instead of trying to fight for 6th. Personally, I don't believe the core is good enough or dominant enough to make this a playoff contender now or in the future. Weiss-Horton-Frolik is a good, talented line, but they still don't measure up to most #1 lines in our division or the eastern conference.

I really hate seeing Vokoun's incredible play being wasted b/c we have trouble scoring even 1 goal.

Been saying this since before the season started, We are not built for the playoffs. Injuries or not, we can's score.
Look at Weiss, the town hero, now he can't find his ass with both hands. Not a number one center.

As for Sexton, he has done a lousy job, I don't care what anyone says. He should be fired. We (those of us that comment here) by committee could do a better job.
We can't make a trade? There's no deals? No, cause we're afraid to give anyone up.

How about these guys: Seidenberg, Leopold, Olesz, Campbell, Kreps, I've seen enough of Ballard and his bad contract. Repik who DeBoer seems to dislike as well. But we are too afraid.

Burkie, fleeced the Flames by getting Phanuef. Why? Cause he asked about a player being available rather then waiting to hear that someone is on the block.

Forget it folks, we aiming for eighth. You know how thisw turns out.


What are your questions???

Olli Jokinen should be the number 1 free agent on the Panthers list to acquire over the summer. He has more goals and points than almost all of the players on this team except two. He is the perfect guy to fulfill the shoes on a third line, perhaps being on the third line will clear his attitude.

I think our top line is okay, the problem lies in our third and fourth lines. Panthers need to decide which players have potential long term to stay and which dont. They had their chance to see the young AHL players in action, and should now know who should stay and go. I hope Sexton makes the changes now rather than over the summer. If he does neither, he should be fired.

How long is Clemmenson signed for?

What are my questions? Does Sexton care? Is he trying to do anything about the scoring? I'd like, and I think we DESERVE an update on this. I just want to hear if they're as concerened as the fans are.

Eric....you hit it right. I think it is clear that Goaltending is a depth in position so the Panthers can clearly afford to deal Clemmenson to a team that needs some depth where Deboer has already said, he has a clear cut #1 and Clemm is not as reliable as Andy was. Deal him for some scorers and so he gets to play somewhere. I can't imagine he is happy sitting on the bench.

We have both Salak and Beckford-Tseu that can play in an emergency situation. Salak is a real up and comer. And of course we have our own little Markstrom getting ready for the pipes in 2 years or so.

Beckford-Tseu couldn't stop a beachball. The guy you're forgetting is the Panther draft pick goalie at Colorado College. He's tearing it up.

it is hard to make trades when you don't have players that other teams want.

Look around the league and see if there are any rosters out there that the other team would trade for the panthers roster.

Every team has at least one player and most have at least two players that if they were on the panthers would be the best player on the team.

When JM the GM came to the panthers, the panthers and the capitals were in the same position not a lot of depth and not a lot of talent. The panthers still don't have a lot of depth nor a lot of talent yet the capitals have a ton of talent and a ton of depth.

We have had 10 wasted years in building an organization and until we have hockey people running the hockey side that are willing to take chances then we will continue to waste years of opportunities to build the depth of this organization.

sthsdo, aside from the top 4 teams, and the bottom 4, its just a well balanced league. Teams would line up for Weiss, horton, booth, Mathias, so i dont agree with the every team mantra...I think whats hurt us is that horton ddnt become staal, but havent given up quite yet. plus with mathias, frolik, kulikov Repik, we do have depth just very young. What we lack is 3rd line...kreps and cambpell have been a compete bust and PD just doesnt sit these guys...

I really don't get the Kreps - Camobell thing either.

The only thing Campbell has done this season, is drop to the ice to stop pucks-which is admirable, but he needs to put up some points like last year!

3 goals between Kreps and Campbell...I think that says it all. Thankfully, they have now been banished to the fourth line. Hopefully, soon they will be benched.


Want to know why GR hasn't made a blog post since Tuesday? Because there's nothing to report. The panthers aren't getting involved in any of the trade talks. They're just going to sit back and hope the team we have now makes the playoffs.

F. I. R. E. S. E. X. T. O. N.

I think Campbell was better last year ...

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