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UFA spotlight — Olli Jokinen

Jun 26, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

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All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Olli Jokinen (C)

Age: 33

2011-12 cap hit: $3,000,000

The skinny:

Jokinen had 23 goals and 61 points in 82 games last year, despite suffering an abdominal muscle tear that required offseason surgery. He’s expected to fully recover by the start of the 2012-13 campaign, but doesn’t appear primed to return to Calgary.

The final nail in his coffin was Calgary’s decision to ink KHL standout Roman Cervenka to a one-year, $3.8 million contract. On top of that, the Flames aren’t expected to spend anywhere close to the the cap ceiling next season, so Jokinen’s services probably won’t fit into their budget.

Jokinen’s production has declined significantly since his days with the Florida Panthers, but he should find suitors interested in using him as a second-line center. Sportsnet speculated that Jokinen could demand something similar to Alex Tanguay‘s five-year, $17.5 million deal. He might not get that length, but with teams eager to gobble up whatever talent that makes it to unrestricted free agency, it’s not hard to see him getting an annual salary in that range.

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  1. govtminion - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Judging from his decline in effort following his big post-Florida payday, any team that signs him to more than a two-year deal is out of their minds.

    …so I guess what I’m saying is welcome to central Ohio.

  2. bcisleman - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Olli was part of twoof the three worst trades in Islander history. The criminals who ran the Isles prior to Wang tried to unload Ziggy Palffy for really nothing to LA. Bettman insisted that Olli be part of the compensation. Milbury then packaged Olli w/ Lu to FLA for spare parts as the immediate precursor to the drafting of RDP. Had the Isles drafted Heatley instead of RDP, the Yashin trade, the other worst trade in Isles history, would likely never have happened.

    Signing Olli for two years would be ideal. Stromer could have another year at Niagara and then a year in Bridgeport. It would be perfect symmetry for the guy at the center of all of the worst decisions of the Milbury era to play a role in the rebirth of winning hockey on Long Island.

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