Give Olli Jokinen a Chance…Again

August 27th, 2010 by Chris Small Leave a reply »
With the offseason coming to an end and all 30 teams gearing up for main training camp, many questions still engulf the Calgary Flames. What moves will be made to get under the salary cap? What prospects if any will crack the lineup and most of all, will Olli Jokinen work out the second time around?

On July 1 2010, GM Darryl Sutter announced the most shocking, and to some, laughable move on the free-agent frenzy. Olli Jokinen was to return to Calgary.

Many were happy to see him gone, even though the return trade has never really paid off, he was seen as a selfish and uninspired player who seemed to, himself want a trade. Though in an interview after the team announced his trade to the New York Rangers for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins (Brandon Prust also going to New York), Olli said that it was a "slap in the face," and seemed shocked by the move.

Much has changed, even though little time has gone by since the trade with New York. The Flames, no longer a playoff team, needed desperately to do something. With the recent signings of new acquisitions and renewing old players contracts, Calgary's options seemed nil.

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