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Olli Jokinen to the KHL?

May 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

Jokinen.jpgAlessandro Rosso, a blogger and reporter covering Russian hockey for Hockey’s Future (among others) has tweeted today that Olli Jokinen will sign with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL.

What’s interesting is that Jokinen isn’t exactly a Russian player headed back to play in his home country, but a talented European player that has decided against staying with the NHL for supposedly greener pastures in the KHL.

It’s not as if Jokinen has enjoyed immense success in the NHL, though. He’s bounced around from team to team nearly every trade deadline, and had just 15 goals between the Flames and the Rangers this past season. Always hoped to be the spark for a team that needs offense, instead Jokinen just…exists.

  1. Joe - May 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Good riddance.

  2. Derek - May 5, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    I know youre a little sensitive to criticism, but what would help is some research.
    “He’s bounced around from team to team nearly every trade deadline”
    Every trade deadline? You mean ONE trade deadline?

  3. Andre - May 6, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Hey Derek, No need to be too literal here. The point is that Jokinen has gradually been exposed over the course of playing for 4 teams in the past 6 years (Phoenix, Florida, Calgary and NYR, have I left one out?). He’s selfish, offense-only, seldom plays 2-way hockey, doesn’t show up on the road and is not good for team chemistry.
    Care to add anything Derek?

  4. The Enforcer - May 6, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    I agree with Joe: GOOD RIDDANCE. Quite frankly, I wish that most of the Eurotrash players would stay in Europe. With few exceptions, Europeans are not a good fit in the NHL. The North American physical game (superior, IMHO, to the European soccer-style “Disney-on-Ice” style that European trash just seem to love)deons’t need Russians, Norwegians, Sweeds, and the rest. The KHL is where these players should play. Ollie, I wish you luck there, and I hope that more Eurotrash players like you will follow.

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