Jokinen unlikely headliner of ho-hum NHL trade period finale
At the intersection of Uncertainty and Recession, around the block from Salary Cap, the NHL trade deadline meandered through a part of town that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager
There were 22 trades involving 47 players and 21 draft picks -- in the neighborhood of the standard 25 post-lockout deals -- but this neighborhood was decidedly not the Great White Way. There was a little glitz, no buzz, nothing remotely provocative as that
Jokinen is a sizeable, almost robust, center who has played 780 NHL games, not one of which has occurred in the playoffs. Given that Jokinen has been with the following four organizations -- Los Angeles, the Islanders, Florida and Phoenix -- this does not necessarily qualify as shocking news but is nonetheless a noteworthy, albeit, dim achievement. This will all change next month in his new home, Calgary, which leads the Northwest Division and should be the third seed in the Western Conference.
Jokinen never has scored 40 goals in a season. He did come close a few times in Florida, where he was nurtured, some of that time, by coach
Curiously Sutter, who also traded for ex-Flames defenseman
The acquisitions of Jokinen (involving the only first-round draft pick that traveled) and Leopold meant the Flames "won" trade-deadline day, a dubious honor that will be validated for another two months, assuming Calgary wins a few playoff rounds. But for sheer moxie, Anaheim, Burke's old team, trumped the Flames by bridging the usual gap between buyer and seller and changing on the fly.
Two more doings of note: Ottawa acquired yet another goalie,