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2010 NHL Free Agency: Biggest "WTF" Signing Ever? Jokinen Again a Flame

DALLAS - JANUARY 27:  Center Olli Jokinen #21 of the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on January 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Matt HutterAnalyst IJuly 1, 2010

Though NHL free agency is just hours old, I'm willing to bet there won't be another signing that leaves more people scratching their heads than Olli Jokinen's two-year, $6 million deal with the Calgary Flames.

Sorry, if you haven't heard this yet, I'll wait while you stop choking.

You, OK?

Alright, let's move on.

Last season, the Calgary Flames felt they desperately needed to change their team in order to succeed in making the playoffs.

At the end of January 2010, the Flames began a mid-season rebuild as they shipped out five players and brought back six, in hopes of saving their season.

The most notable departure was, one time "untouchable" Dion Phaneuf, who was sent to the Leafs as the most prominent part of a seven-player blockbuster.

Flames fans were left stunned as Phaneuf, though clearly disgruntled, was still looked upon as a fan favorite and key on-ice contributor.

The second biggest move out of Calgary came a few days later, and for the most part, was a relief to many.

Olli Jokinen was acquired by the Flames the previous year in a trade with Phoenix.

The move was considered a savvy and powerful one by Flames GM Daryl Sutter and had some speculating that it could be just the thing that could solidify the Flames into a legitimate Cup contender.

It didn't.

Though Jokinen provided some consistent scoring for the Flames, a combination with right-winger and captain Jerome Iginla didn't turn into anything resembling the overpowering one-two punch it was supposed to be.

Fast-forward to the 2009-10 season, and not only is Jokinen not doing much to help Jerome Iginla, his inconsistent on ice play and bad attitude in the locker-room were wearing thin on fans and his teammates.

Jokinen had turned into a bad apple and the move that tossed him out of town was applauded by most as a much needed move to get the Flames back on track.

Ultimately, the rebuild didn't succeed in getting the Flames to the playoffs and the team went into the offseason facing more questions than answers as to how to right their collective ship.

Well, apparently the very same rat that was thrown off the sinking ship, that was the Flames' 2009-10 season, is being welcomed back on in an effort to move full-steam ahead towards success.

Given Jokinen's lackluster tenure with the Flames, his inability to help Jerome Iginla in any significant way the first time around, and his career-long tendency towards becoming locker room poison, this signing is bound to go down as one of the biggest "WTF" moves of the off-season, if not the next few.

Seriously, WTF Daryl?

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