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Trade: ‘Canes send Jussi Jokinen to Pens

Apr 3, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

Jussi Jokinen AP

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t done making moves after all. Today, they acquired forward Jussi Jokinen from Carolina.

Jokinen cost the Pens a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick; however, the Hurricanes will retain some salary.

Jokinen is signed through next season with a $3 million cap hit. The 30-year-old recently cleared waivers.

A 30-goal scorer in 2009-10, Jokinen’s production has fallen to just six goals in 33 games this season.

  1. thomasvanek - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    It’s just not fair anymore

  2. mwalluk - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Pens in on EVERYONE

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I like this move – stabilizes the center position until Crosby returns and then lets Bylsma do some different looks come playoff time depending on whether he wants to take a skilled approach or more of a banging approach.

    Really excited to see this – but equally interested in what the pick is….

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Apparently its a 6th round pick. My guess is that if he doesn’t play well down the stretch he is a compliance buyout candidate in the offseason. Wouldn’t be too much given one year at $3mil

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Well right as I say it they put it up in the article – you PHT boys are all hands on deck for the Dead Tradeline :)

  4. Stiller43 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    4th liner?

  5. gamechanger87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Here we go again, hero Shero adding yet another gamechanger to The Franchise. CUPSTRONG

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Jokinen a gamechanger? That’s gotta be a joke. He’s a solid, depth addition but he hasn’t been a “gamechanger” in some time. He hasn’t been close to that former 30-goal scorer in the past 3 seasons.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        A gamechanger…..that happened to be unclaimed when put on waivers. Guess everyone else was asleep at the wheel.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        yeah really, shouldve just claimed him last week for free instead of wasting a pick for him but hey what do i know? i had heard that carolina is still on the hook the salary so pens might have gotten a good deal on it going this route instead

  6. mwalluk - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    morrow, murray, iginla, jokinen = no players off roster

    • colby7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Except for all of the players that those guys are going to take off the roster?

      • jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        not really, they sent bennett back down, vitale was a bubble guy anyway, jeffrey will probably lose his spot now and crosby, letang, and martin are on IR. decisions will have to be made come playoffs but it fits for now.

  7. colby7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Shero is destroying the pens. What does this tell the players in the room, guys who won a cup together? Jussi Jokinen deserves your spot more after youve won 15 straight? Unless this is asknowledgement that Crosby is out for the season.

    Oh right, the winning streak came to an abrupt end after Shero added all of the mercs. Chicago has the right idea.. why mess with a team that can put up a massive winning streak?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      He didn’t “mess with” Crosby’s jaw…or Martin’s wrist, or Letang’s groin, ya nut (at least I don’t think he messed with Letang’s groin, I hope not). 15 straight is great – but to say we’d have kept winning and winning if no moves were made I think is shortsighted.

      If you didn’t notice, we had TK playing Center with Kunitz and Dupuis. TK. That’s no good. I actually had hoped they had him up there in order to shop him for a last minute deal.

      Plus, we’re not paying the whole salary, we’re paying him what he might be worth. Maybe. But who, that won the cup – in the locker room – stands to be upset by this?

      • colby7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        None of those players are out for playoffs, and the Pens have already all but secured a playoff spot. Why load up on 4 over the hill veterans to play some meaningless games at the end of the year? It seems to me Shero is more looking to stop his rivals from aquiring players then meeting any needs of his own.

        Why not add one decent two way defender, which is what this team really needs?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Not to say he’s right, or wrong – but if I were him and I saw what happened in last year’s playoffs, that would be all the reason I need to add veterans at the deadline – these aren’t just over-the-hill players, and I think you’d find few to agree with you on that. I’ve not noticed the Pens needing more two-way defenders, what with Letang, Despres, Martin, and Niskanen all locked down…we actually had TOO many, which is why we brought in Murray. Who knows…I would rather see what this guy can do than trust in TK for “depth”.

      • xavier46 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        U mad bro?

      • colby7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Morrow was rotting on the 4th line and just living off of his reputation, Murray was too slow for the West, Iginla should of been traded a year or too ago, and Jokinen cleared waivers early this week because nobody wanted him.

        Look at the goals against for the Penguins and try telling me they have a solid defence. You just listed a group of offensive defencemen, can you say any of them are good penalty killers or can hit at all? There is a difference between a two way guy and an offensive defenceman. You cant have a whole D core full of Letangs and Martins, thats why the pens have a ton of games over 5 goals.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        colby they will have their “2 way” defensemen back by playoffs in letang and martin…they’ve basically added depth up front. behind bennett there really wasnt anybody ready yet in case another injury pops up so now they have options…there’s no way you can count on a team making it through the playoffs without an injury when you have money to spend. shero said it himself, the pens are all-in

      • jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        jokinen cleared waivers because he was put up before the deadline with a 3 mill salary. no one wanted the salary right before the deadline, wouldve affected their ability to make moves…shero could be a genius for picking him up now and leaving the canes to foot the bill if it works out…worth the gamble

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Not for nothin’ but I’d disagree those are offensive defensemen. Letang, Niskanen, and Despres will all take the body. You said two way defensemen, those are the guys that fit that mold for us. Our goals against average is…well, average, and an unreliable stat when you look at the improvements they’ve made there throughout the year. But I really don’t think they have a problem on defense at this point.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Yeah that’s why the Pens won all of their games last week after picking up Iginla, Morrow, Murray.

  8. f2maestro - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Shero must think this is NHL 13….

  9. buffalomafia - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    There goaltending sux! Trade for Miller? Lol

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      haha you really want him out of there, huh?

  10. hy3rid28 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    as a flyers fan i am loving this. We did it for years, keep trading away draft picks for higher profile players, but not realizing the role players are just as an important role as the guys that put the puck in the net. Keep making moves pens picking apart the team that got you a 15 game winning streak. Come the next few years you realize how important those picks really are.

    • miketoasty - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Except the fact that the Penguins already have a strong base group with: Neal, Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Fleury, Sutter, all of which are under the age of 30. You can build around that through free agency and trades.

      Also, the Penguins actually had a surplus of picks after last offseason.

      Finally, do you really see this as being the back breaker? A possible 7th or a much less likely 6th? All the picks the Pens are trading away anyways are from either this year or next years draft, both of which the Penguins will be towards the bottom in, both of which the Penguins should still have oodles of talent remaining.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      I’d agree with you except that the Pens went nuts on free agency last year and signed some college kids – actually filled the roster with young forwards – so much so that the guys they traded for Iginla we never even had signed. I think they’re in good shape.

  11. gamechanger87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    This proven 30+ scorer will likely have over 30 goals by the first round of the playoffs, its just an understandable fact when you play on this team.

  12. puckmepuckyou - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Got to admit that is some fancy cap juggling though. They have been market headliners for days now and still at it.

  13. mclovinhockey - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    So if he plays less than 25 percent of the playoff games and the pens lose in the first round they don’t get a pick???

  14. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Some of these guys are old, but by giving them maybe there last chance at a cup ought to help them find some of there old mojo. Nothing wrong with a GM letting his team know that it’s all or nothing. Better than your GM throwing in the towel, like the Sharks.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      exactly…you add a hungry veteran looking for a cup and you add a lot of heart and drive. this year reminds me of 1991 when pens went all in getting francis, samuelson, and murphy.

  15. theageofquarrel - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I wonder if Mike Dinglebury will be upset by this?

  16. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Shero and the nWo strike yet again!!! GO PENS!!!

  17. JoeAvg - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    A move made out of necessity. The Cane’s needed to shed his salary and got rid of at least some of it. The Pen’s I think will try him as 1st line center (he plays left – no?) till Crosby comes back. Once that happens he may just find himself in the pressbox unless he really shows value. At the very least he’s an insurance policy. I don’t think they make this move if Crosby didn’t get hit by that puck.

  18. penzfan329 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Dude other than the last game have you not seen the penguins play. Their defense has been amazing

  19. ironcity6pak - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Pens will do an AARP commercial next lol. All these guys that haven’t won a cup want it bad and will bust their humps in the playoffs. I like these moves.

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