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Canes Finally Get Their Man in Jokinen

Saturday, 02.7.2009 / 2:22 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Finally Get Their Man in Jokinen
The Canes made a move today, acquiring 25-year-old Finnish winger Jussi Jokinen from Tampa Bay in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a fourth-round pick in this summer's entry draft. Jokinen will be in the lineup for tonight's game against the Coyotes.

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Jokinen actually cleared waivers earlier this season, meaning the Canes could have had him for free but would have had to add his salary - a sore spot for many teams in today's game. By sending two players the other way, most of that salary is off-set, and the Hurricanes get a player they will actually use. Brookbank and Melichar haven't suited up for the team since December 26 and December 4, respectively.

"We've looked at it for a couple of months," said GM Jim Rutherford. "Once he was on waivers the first time, he wasn't a player we could take off waivers even though we wanted to because we have to look at the economics of it and we had to figure out a way to off-set the money. Once we were able to do that, we were able to add him to our team."

Jokinen, who was acquired by Tampa from Dallas at last year's trade deadline as part of the Brad Richards/Mike Smith trade, has 16 points in 46 games this season. He'll provide depth at forward, and has also made a reputation around the league as a shootout specialist with a 20-38 (.526) career success rate. You may remember him hitting the post behind Cam Ward after a stutter-step move in a game at the RBC Center earlier this season. I highly recommend searching his name on YouTube.

By my math, the Canes actually add a tiny bit of salary with this move, but with all three players becoming free agents after this season (Jokinen will be restricted) and the majority of that salary already paid at this point in the season, the difference is negligible.

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72