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Penguins acquired Jokinen due to uncertainty over Crosby

Jun 9, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

With questions surrounding the health of super star Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins needed an insurance plan.

They acquired Jussi Jokinen, a veteran of now 579 NHL games, from the Carolina Hurricanes for a conditional draft pick at the trade deadline on April 3, while Crosby remained out of the lineup with a broken jaw.

On Sunday, two days after the Penguins were swept in the Eastern Conference final by the Boston Bruins, head coach Dan Bylsma told reporters Jokinen was brought in mostly as an insurance policy, with uncertainty still surround Crosby and a return to action.

Jokinen got off to a great start with the Penguins. He scored seven goals in 10 regular season games following the trade, but didn’t have the same impact in the playoffs.

In eight games this post-season, Jokinen had just three assists.

According to, the 30-year-old Jokinen has one more year remaining on his three-year, $9 million deal

  1. killerpgh - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Shero has said this in past interviews. Not a bad move considering the Canes are picking up $900,000 of his 3 million dollar cap hit. Jokinen can play all 3 forward positions, the PP, the PK, wins over 50% of his face-offs and good in the shootouts. Not a bad type of player to have around.

  2. steelers88 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I was going to say they might have to buy Jokinen out but if the Canes are paying 900,000 of his salary by all means keep him.

  3. officialgame - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    And this is news on June 9th???? Why???????????????

    • nostredummass - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Because…the Penguins won the Cup…didn’t they?

  4. kinnyjames - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Is this breaking news from Mike Milbury or Pierre Mcguire? Such valuable content those guy brings to the broadcast.

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    It’s amazing that even after a series where Pittsburgh was dominated from the first puck drop, there are more Pens articles (atleast 15) on PHT, in the last 24hrs, than Blackhawks, Bruins, and Stanley Cup articles combined.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Right? I can’t understand this at all, they’re writing articles about jussi jokinen and the goaltending coach?? They’re writing about personnel that underperformed when the cup finals are about to start? You better hope espn’s hockey coverage considers to suck because if it improves, buh bye

    • hockey412 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      What I can’t figure out is why you’re reading them, much less commenting on them? I don’t mean it disrespectfully, but I see this OVER AND OVER…all these people who don’t care about the content on the article, but read it and comment on it anyway. If you’re a writer, and you get 100 comments every time you write about the Pens, but only 3 comments when you write about anything else, what would you write about?

      • nostredummass - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Actually it’s VERY relevant to Bruins fans. After wiping the Penguins in 4 games and limiting “the Greatest Team….EVER” to 2 measly goals, the fact that the media continues to write about the Penguins is telling. Only grudgingly do most reporters even aknowledge there was another team involved in the Pens “epic collapse”. IMO it was this complete lack of respect for the Bruins that gave them the edge last series. Not that they didn’t play well. It’s just that the Penguins believed they just had to show up and the Bruins would wilt in the light of their magnificence. Underestimating a team THAT much at this level is suicidal. Frankly I think Bruins Nation owes a HUGE dept to the hockey media world. KEEP IT UP!!!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        I understand the appeal that Pens/Flyers articles have bc the opposing fan base always wants to comment, which leads to replies, and it snowballs into 100+ comments. But I chose to comment on this specific article bc it’s one where the content seems irrelevant but they write it anyway bc they know it’ll get a response. We seriously need to be told, months after the fact, why Jokinen was acquired? It’s a nonsense, filler article. And I didn’t say I read all of them, but cmon, the number of bs Penguins articles they’ve put up is ridiculous. Especially when you barely mention the two teams advancing because you’re trolling for comments. I suppose they want to wait til closer to Wednesday for their Cup articles but it just seems cheap to go simply for Pittsburgh articles bc you know it’ll get a response.

  6. ogilain - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Well that worked out real well for them. Sorry Pens, money can’t buy you cups.

    • hockey412 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Every team in the league tries to “buy cups” you moron. That’s what the salary cap is for. Also, Pens have spent less of theirs than a LOT of teams out there.

      If you don’t teams making deals to trade at the deadline, or at any other time during the season, in order to try to make their teams better, then I’d love to hear where you really think that will take the sport. Was there a deeper point to that comment, or was it just a moronic thought that ended in your moronic comment?

      • nostredummass - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        I think what he means is that the Penguins, in bringing in Iginla, Morrow, Murray, Jokinen etc tried to stack the deck with other teams’ star players at the trade deadline. It’s called bringing in “ringers”. Contrast that with the Bruins developing players from Juniors up…and making selective trades finding players that (might) fit their system of play. The latter doesn’t always work (Tomas Kaberle springs to mind) But sometimes pieces fit perfectly in place (Chris Kelly, Peverly and surprisingly….Jagr) Considering the pathetic outcome for the Penguins, it’s obvious which approach is more conducive to winning the Cup!!!

  7. Stiller43 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:40 AM


    Just FYI: philly, vancouver, minnesota, NYR, chicago, and montreal all had higher payrolls than the pens this year AFTER their trades.

    What an assanine comment…

    • jeff2000m - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      But pitt got SWEPT in dominant fashion! With 2 of the best players in the world, averaging half a goal a game .

      • hockey412 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        In the Eastern Conference FINALS. You forgot to mention that.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I love all of the Penguin haters on here…you all complain about the articles on here but yet you still comment on them.

    • bakedbees - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Jokinhen and Crosby weren’t enough combined with Malkent, Igloo and the rest of your Pitiful team to win anything…yet you still comment like you’re top dog…sad little person

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      I didn’t post that as a Pens hater, I posted it bc it’s logical. You have to agree that after a series where your team was dominated, despite being the favorite, that it’s ridiculous to post so many non-news articles on the team. The number of articles would make you think the Pens swept the Bruins. We all know they get a response but any logical Pens fan would see how excessive it is. Especially when they barely mentioned the Cup final… it’s simply annoying.

      • Stiller43 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        The pens are a polarizing team and almost every single one of their articles has all 30 fan bases commenting.

        Did you see after game one of both series (in which the pens game ended much later)? The hawks-kings “discuss” article has like 35 comments in 4 hours, while the pens-bruins “discuss” article had 150 in just over half an hour.

        Now who would YOU post the most articles about?

        Love it or hate it, one of the only ways to stop it is to stop reading/commenting…

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