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Jussi Jokinen headlines today’s waivers

Mar 26, 2013, 12:33 PM EST

Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks for the opening in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 2, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3.
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The Carolina Hurricanes got some good news. 30-year-old forward Chad Larose is ready to return from a concussion and Carolina has activated him from the injured reserve list.

At the same time, they announced that 28-year-old forward Tim Wallace and, surprisingly enough, Jussi Jokinen have been placed on waivers.

Going into this season, Jokinen had been on the decline with 65, 52, and 46 points in each of his previous three seasons.

With the additions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin, Jokinen has also saw his playing time dip in 2013. The rise of Riley Nash has further marginalized Jokinen, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Jokinen has five goals and 10 points in 30 games this season, so a change of scenery might be right for him, but the big factor is his $3 million annual salary through the 2013-14 campaign.

That’s not a terrible price for the 29-year-old forward if he’s able to bounce back, but Carolina has put itself into a tight spot cap-wise after inking Semin to a five-year, $35 million extension. The Hurricanes don’t have any intention of sending Jokinen to the minors and are likely hoping that someone will relieve them of his cap hit.

Sportsnet’s Johnston reports that there has been interest in Jokinen, so it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if he’s wearing a different uniform soon.

In other news, the Ottawa Senators have waived 24-year-old forward Kaspars Daugavins, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    It’s a wonder they don’t at least trade for a late draft pick, I’d think he could get a 4th round pick at least. I guess he can’t get interest at that cap hit?

    • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      It is strange that they couldn’t get a late round pick for him but if you can’t even get a late pick for him, then who would take him for free?

  2. whatthepuck2012 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    That second paragraph is some terrible writing. Just had to say that.

    • rodeoclowndc - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      “I find your lack of verbs disturbing…”

  3. shortsxit34 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I’m far from the grammar police, but this article wouldn’t cut it in middle school.

    The minor grammatical errors are one thing: missing/extra commas, spelling, incorrect verb tense, etc. However, the second paragraph isn’t even a sentence, its a fragment. If it wasn’t for the headline, I wouldn’t have a clue what Jokinen had to do with anything.

    Like I said, I’m not usually one to bash grammar, but if the reader can’t even make sense of what is written, then it actually matters.

  4. deeboy - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Jokinen is well-liked in Carolina, but he’s been bad this year. There is no room for him in the top-6 now that Ruutu is healthy. Also, Riley Nash has played well at 3rd line center since his recall. As it stands, Jokinen would be running with the 4th line. For 3 million, you are better off waiving him to see if someone takes his salary. He could be useful for a big market team that needs a center/wing for the stretch run. Or someone useful to get up to the floor (Islanders)

    The Canes beat reported tweeted there is going to be a surprise healthy scratch for the Winnipeg game tonight. I wonder if there is a trade in the works and GM Rutherford is trying to create salary flexibility. These days, who knows.

  5. shortsxit34 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    test

    • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      fail

  6. shortsxit34 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I’m far from the grammar police, but this article wouldn’t cut it in middle school.

    The minor grammatical errors are one thing: missing/extra commas, spelling, incorrect verb tense, etc. However, the second paragraph isn’t even a sentence, it’s a fragment. If it wasn’t for the headline, I wouldn’t have a clue what Jokinen had to do with anything.

    Like I said, I’m not usually one to bash grammar, but if the reader can’t even make sense of what is written, then it actually matters.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      deja vu?

      • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        deja vu?

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Somebody has to claim this guy. I know he’s been terrible this season but you’re telling me a team like Columbus, who needs scoring depth and has cap room, wouldn’t take a run on a 29 yr old former 20-goal scorer? Or a playoff team that needs third line depth wouldn’t pick him up for free? I mean teams are paying premium prices for good but not great players, you’d think if a team has the cap room they’d take a flyer on Jokinen. Despite his bad year he still has the potential to score 15-20 goals. And like the article says, a change of scenery could do wonders. I know the Bruins have a lot of key guys coming up for new contracts over the next few years but they’ve been talking about trading for third line forwards. Would Chiarellii take a chance on him? $3 mil isn’t THAT much.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      I’m honestly surprised nobody grabbed him before you posted this. i’d think he gets snatched up like RIGHT away.

  8. jb8383 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I think the Devils should pick him up! We need some depth right now, have the cap space too.

  9. tfaltin - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    He played on the Wing/Center, Second PP and PK units for the Canes. Should be a slot in second liner for a number of teams. Wings? Rangers? Bruins?

  10. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    SJ ?

  11. detwings - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    It would be nice to see the wings claim jokinen and then waive samuelsson

  12. jb8383 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    He cleared waivers…shocked no one claimed him.

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