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Report: Jokinen won’t be back in Calgary

Jun 28, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

Olli Jokinen AP

We hesitate to say Olli Jokinen has played his last game in a Flames uniform, since he’s kind of like the cat that keeps coming back to Calgary. (Except the cat is a 33-year-old Finnish forward.)

Regardless, Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun is reporting Jokinen will become a free agent on July 1 and is expected to find a new team.

Jokinen is coming off a two-year, $6 million deal, but should get a raise in the wake of a 61-point season on an offensively challenged club.

For the Flames, Jokinen’s departure leaves them markedly thin at center. Mike Cammalleri can play the middle, but the team’s preference is to have him as a winger. After that, it’s much-maligned Matt Stajan and nearing-bust-status Mikael Backlund on the depth chart.

Hey, maybe GM Jay Feaster can trade Jay Bouwmeester for a center.

Related: UFA spotlight — Olli Jokinen

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    and why not bring him back at a reasonable salary (incl. some home discount)?

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The Flames signed the Czech centre Cervenka with the intentions that he would replace Jokinen if need be.

  3. caniacx4 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    He needs to comes to the canes with his Finnish brothers, Ruutu, jussi jokinen, Pitkanen,he’d fit right in on jussi’s line, they would tear it up

    • danphipps01 - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      With the added benefit of being able to put Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner on wings without really missing any depth at centre. Jordan Staal and Jokinen would leave the ‘Canes with a pretty fine top six, and it’s not like they lack the cap space to offer him, say, $4.5m a year for three years or something.

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