According to a blog post by ESPN hockey analyst Pierre LeBrun, Glen Sather and the New York Rangers have not extended a hand to center Olli Jokinnen about returning for the 2010-11 season.
Jokinen, who was acquired by New York in February with Brandon Prust for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik, managed just four goals and 15 assists in 26 games with the Blueshirts. He also failed to extend the shootout against the Flyers on the last game of the season that would have snuck the Rangers into the playoffs.
Mark Gandler, Jokinen's agent, told ESPN.com "They [The Rangers] have not talked to us. I do not expect them to at this point."
Gandler believes Jokinen played well in New York, and still has value in the NHL. "I think a lot of teams could use him. He has a few good years ahead of him. He's healthy, he's got skill and ability."
Gandler also stated that Jokinen is not looking to head to Russia to play in the KHL.
Ranger fans should rejoice in the organization's reluctance to negotiate with Jokinen.
Stats show that he did not produce in the more than quarter of a season he spent in the Big Apple.
For a player who will demand big money, the stats have to be there to back up their argument.
And Jokinen doesn't have that going for him.
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