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Olli Jokinen signs two-year, $9 million deal with Winnipeg

Jul 2, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

Olli Jokinen #13 of the Calgary Flames warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on March 20, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 2-1 in overtime.
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A day after signing Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year, $1.8 million contract, the Winnipeg Jets have added another veteran forward.

Olli Jokinen has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Jets, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Jokinen hasn’t been a point-per-game player since his days with the Florida Panthers, but he did have 23 goals and 61 points in 82 games with the Calgary Flames in 2011-12.

Between those two signings, Winnipeg has meaningfully bolstered their top three lines and put themselves in a situation where they should get some secondary scoring.

Jokinen might end playing alongside restricted free agent Evander Kane. Bryan Little and Nik Antropov will then probably center the second and third lines respectively, assuming the Jets make no other changes.

This signing might also result in prospect Mark Scheifele getting some more development time before he earns a permanent spot with the Jets.

It’s a two-year deal, so the Jets have limited the risk involved. Overall, this doesn’t look like a bad deal for them.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    For only two years this is not bad.

  2. lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    good signing for the Jets!

    -wild fan

  3. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    if i were a gm, i wouldn’t touch anyone so closely associated with the flames with a ten foot pole

    • blomfeld - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      I concur with your analysis … the Flames are in a “bad way” these days, no two ways about that … and with the lone exception of Iggy, pretty much everything on their roster is “toxic” … in fact, this floater Jokinen could well be described as “Exhibit A” in terms of all that is wrong Calgary today … it’s just a shame that now the decent folk of Winnipeg must also find out the hard way too …

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        For a floater, he did pretty well last year. Can’t wait to see what happens when he plays for a team on the way up instead of down.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I don’t understand why the Flames didn’t try harder to keep him, they had faith in him when nobody else did, it paid off, and they let him walk, and then go out and spend on others. They knew what the had, he was great on the PP, they are making signings trying to make the playoffs, but passed on Olli. I don’t get it.

    • bigtganks - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Yah, they knew what they had. An aging team on the outside of the playoffs. No brainer.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        Right, if they are rebuilding it’s a no brainer, but they are not rebuilding from everything I have seen.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Atta boy Chevy! 2 years is perfect. Maybe a bit high on the price but hey, the guy’s been fairly consistent throughout his career. Welcome to the Jets, Olli!

  6. claysbar - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Between this and the Poni signing, they quietly did pretty good for a team that was only 6 points out of the playoffs. They lost Glass and may lose Jones, but they are staying relevant.

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