The Phoenix Coyotes have traded Olli Jokinen and a third round pick to the Calgary Flames for Matt Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first-round draft pick (CGY's option)
The Flames get: a first-line center who has slipped a little for two years now, but is still in his prime. Jokinen will line up with Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri.
The Coyotes get: a fantastic draft pick, a speedy and underrated center and a tough, injury-prone winger. Can you imagine a line with both Lombardi and Enver Lisin on it? Talk about speed!
Fantasy Players Impacted: All this talk about Jokinen not being a playoff player is garbage. He was on a horrible Kings team, a horrible Islanders team and a horrible Florida team. Give the guy a chance! Playing with Cammy and Iggy will turn his game around like you've never seen. Not only that, but Mike Keenan made Jokinen a star – remember how he floundered in the NHL prior to his breakout year under Iron Mike. This is a very good thing for Jokinen owners.
Daymond Langkow will never see first line minutes again. His production will roll back a good 20%.
Lombardi will probably slide onto the second line. If Peter Mueller remains on the wing, then Kyle Turris will see a lot more ice time as a result of this. Despite giving up the better player, I think the 'Yotes will emerge unscathed. The kids need more ice time and responsibility and they will get it now.
Craig Conroy's value plummets to zero.