There’s little denying Olli Jokinen had a pretty good season last year with the Calgary Flames. However, that’s only when compared to the prior three seasons, in each of which he put up just 50-odd points.
Jokinen, who will be 34 in just a few days, hasn’t aged well. Truth be told, he didn’t develop all that well either, only reaching superstar status at the age of 27 and losing it after just two seasons as a truly top-end player.
So, the 61 points he scored last year are all fine and good, but he’s not the first-line center Winnipeg thought it was getting when he was signed this past summer. He may never well have been, in truth.
It’s not like Jokinen hasn’t been traded before, and the trend should continue once hockey starts up again.
He will be a UFA in 2014 and could be a deceivingly attractive option at the next trade deadline for a team looking to add depth up front for the playoffs, because as much as the Jets would be a sentimental favorite to make them, they likely won’t, not with Jokinen anyway.
He’s only made one playoff appearance in his career and that was when he was traded for by the Calgary Flames at the trade deadline in 2009, and the team had done most of the heavy lifting to reach the promised land beforehand.
Traded to the New York Rangers the following season prior to that deadline to help vault that team into the postseason, he failed to score on the team’s infamous final shootout attempt of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers, helping to cost them a berth.