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Jussi Jokinen’s proving he’s still an impact player

Apr 12, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his third period goal against the New York Rangers during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 5, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 2-1 in a shootout.
(April 4, 2013 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

It wasn’t that long ago that all 30 NHL teams came to this simple consensus: Jussi Jokinen isn’t worth his contract.

Jokinen was waived by the Carolina Hurricanes on March 26, but no team was willing to assume his $3 million annual cap hit through the 2013-14 campaign.

In the end the Penguins agree to give Carolina a conditional pick if they retained some of Jokinen’s salary and cap hit.

The Penguins should be grateful that the Hurricanes were so desperate to get rid of the 30-year-old forward.

Jokinen has stepped up with three goals and five points in three contests with Pittsburgh. With James Neal and Sidney Crosby sidelined, that offensive outburst has helped keep the Penguins winning and on the path to the first seed in the Eastern Conference.

Jokinen is a former 30-goal scorer, but he fell out of favor in Carolina due to the additions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin and rise of Riley Nash. He consequently saw his playing time and production drop.

He might never rebound back to his 2009-10 levels, when he had 65 points in 82 games, but the Penguins don’t need him to. They got him in the hopes that he’d be a solid forward that would provide them with some more depth going into the playoffs.

So far he’s been that and more.

  1. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    For a 7th/potential 6th round pick and carolina is still paying 900,000 of his salary moving forward……..Jussi has been a bargain thus far.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    This acquisition has Shero’s fingerprints all over it. Penguins ownership should be grateful for having the best GM in the league.

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    We’re grateful…thanks Carolina :D

    His performance in game 2 against NYR last week was enough to justify the transaction. His performance brought the team out of a two-game slump.

  4. theageofquarrel - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Jussi J. is riding high!!!
    What was up with sissy Crombeem or whatever his name is challenging Crankshaft to fight and then not taking his lid off when Crankshaft obliged him?
    Plus Letang Clan putting 2 Bolts to the ice was classic.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      pretty sad from a veteran fighter like crombeen. probably scared of getting ko’d again. crankshaft was swinging his right hand like a ball-peen hammer, think he might have tore the knuckles up right off the bat.

  5. malkinrulez - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Juicy is the guy who has had the smoothest transition. He looks like he has been in the Pens system for years.

  6. jpelle82 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    dupuis jokinen morrow line was excellent last night.

    • erbaker67 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      I agree, that was an incredible deflection on his goal.

  7. Stiller43 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    6 goals all season in carolina, 3 in 3 games with the pens. Idk what happened with him down there, but im glad we got him! Lets go big JUICY!

    7 points (and a fight) from the new guys last night was terrific…i was worried they changed too many parts. Glad to see them contribute like that.

  8. erbaker67 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I will admit when we did the Douglas Murray deal I wasnt too fond of it. Everything they said about him I saw when I watched games of the Sharks. Not sure if the new team has made him that more hungry but he looks great out there. Not trying to change the subject of the thread but I must say, Eaton has got to be the best pick up all year, on any team. The guy has played lights out.

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      I wasn’t fond of it either but his first game with the boys I was sold. I think Crankshaft wants to just punish everyone in his way towards Lord Stanleys Chalice. “CRANKSHAFT SMASH!!!!”

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      They’ve still only lost 1 game with Eaton in the lineup. He was scratched for the loss against the Rangers. Him and Murray were exactly what this lineup needed to truly make them look like they were built for a Cup. Adding a couple defense-first defenseman has taken so much pressure off of Vokoun and Fleury.

  9. ironcity6pak - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Hero Shero, enough said.

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    If the Penguins win the cup this year then Shero truly has a spot reserved in the Hall of Fame for himself. All four have been great pick ups thus far. Douglas Murray is starting to become my second favorite Pens player on this team behind Crosby. Call me crazy for saying that but I like how he plays his game. Hes a big physical brick wall on the ice that players have to respect. He made Boyle look stupid the other night. As for his fight last night, well lets just say that Crombie completely wussed out in the fight. Id like to see us resign Iggy, Murray, and Eaton but that’s up to Ray. Hopefully Murray can become a similar modern day version of Darius Kasparaitis on the blue line for the Pens. GO PENS!!!!

    • kellanmarr - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Call me strange, but Kasparaitis is my favorite Pens player ever — even have an old-school jersey with his number. Playing with a broken foot because he could still lace up his boot is true hockey mentality.

  11. guinsrule - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Players’ offensive stats always seem to improve when they come to the Pens.

  12. drone501 - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    did you notice how all the flyer fans disappeared. lol

  13. jacketsfan7 - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Damn shero is the best gm ever

  14. ironman721 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    When Crobsy come back the Pens will be 4 centers “deep”!

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