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Bruins claim Daugavins, Jussi Jokinen clears waivers

Mar 27, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

Jussi Jokinen

The Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t find a taker for Jussi Jokinen‘s $3 million annual cap hit through the 2013-14 campaign.

The Boston Bruins snatched 24-year-old forward Kaspars Daugavins off of waivers from the Ottawa Senators, but Jokinen went unclaimed, according to TSN and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The fact that Jokinen has cleared underscores how much his stock has fallen. The 29-year-old forward has just 10 points this season and has dropped in the Hurricanes’ depth charts due to the additions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin and the rise of Riley Nash.

This is also a bit of a problem for the Hurricanes, who put themselves in a difficult cap position by inking Semin to a five-year, $35 million extension.

The Hurricanes currently have $58,202,500 committed to 17 players in 2013-14, according to Cap Geek, which gives them a little more than $6 million worth of space to round out their roster.

For now, Jokinen is expected to remain on the Hurricanes’ roster rather than be sent to the minors. They might still manage to trade him either before the April 3 deadline or over the summer. If not, they might opt to buy out his contract.

As for Daugavins, the Bruins are getting an inexpensive bottom-six forward who has 14 points in 85 career games. Boston fans probably know him best for his bold shootout attempt against goaltender Tuukka Rask on March 11:

  1. nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    This is funny. I’m sure it is just a depth move but makes me wonder about the guys they have now filling the bottom 6. Does he replace Pandolfo? Is Peverley on the block? Do I need the deadline to pass so I can get my life back?

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      I hope this is a precursor to dumping Pandolfo, trading Caron out, bringing Iginla and Soderbergh in, and maybe one or two more moves. The Bruins 3rd line has been pathetic this year, usually effective, and I wouldn’t care if any of them were shipped out. Looks like Marchand has been dropped to 3rd line tonight to try to ignite something. It can’t hurt and he seems to have the touch.

      • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        This is why I’m excited for the next few weeks. The line-up could really come together, especially that third line. If they do get Iginla, he replaces a top 6 forward who would either be traded or dropped to the third line. My thought is Horton would move to the third line. Put him on a line with some combination of Peverley (if he’s still here), Soderberg, Caron, and Kelly when he returns. That line could be okay..a lot more skill than we see right now.

    • pastabelly - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      They keep trying to find “another Recchi”. Not every veteran who was once good still is. Recchi was a special player. Ralston and Pandolfo just don’t have that talent. Iginla might. But he’s not producing this year like Recchi did.

  2. mgp1219 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM


  3. deeboy - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    This is not surprising. For what Jokinen has produced this year, he’s not worth picking up at that salary.

    I disagree with the assessment about Carolina’s cap situation though. Every meaningful player on the roster is locked up through next year, or a RFA (Riley Nash specifically) so they just need to fill some holes with prospects and/or grit guys. A couple of 4th line positions, a defenseman or two, and a backup goalie can fit easily under the cap.

  4. nhstateline - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I bet Claude doesn’t let him take a shot like that in the shootout……

    This is a nice pickup for the Bruins. He brings a lot of compete, energy, can be a pest plus and he can play a ton of minutes. He might not be the most skilled player in the world but he brings what he has every night. The Bruins can use more of that attitude right now.

    • ballistictrajectory - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Daugavins can partner with Chara in the Boston Ballet production of The Nutcracker.

      • amerika1313 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM


  5. pastabelly - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I told my 13-year old son after seeing that shot that Daugavins is a clown and the Bruins would never let a guy like that wear the spoked B. I want a mulligan on part two. On part one, the guy is a clown. At least, he gave the Bruins a point already in that game.

  6. windmiller4 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    that was a hell of a save by rask.

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