Fantasy Impact – Calgary has signed center Olli Jokinen to a two-year contract worth $3 million per year. (Is it 2008?)
The Flames get: A former star center looking to get his career back on track. After signing Alex Tanguay earlier in the day, Darryl Sutter dipped into the past to bring another former Flame back to Calgary. Jokinen scored only 15 goals last season in 82 games, split between Calgary and New York. Jokinen's point totals since 2006-07 – 91, 71, 57, and 40.
Fantasy Players impacted:
I would say that 2010-11 is a make or break year for Jokinen, but for some inexplicable reason, Sutter gave him a second year with the contract. This move hurts star prospect Mikael Backlund, who now has to leapfrog some big salaries – Jokinen at $3 million, Daymond Langkow at $4.5 million, and Matt Stajan at $3.5 million. Jokinen failed miserably on a line with Jarome Iginla before, so don't expect those two to play together again. I assume Stajan slots in with Tanguay and Iginla, but where does that leave Jokinen (and Langkow, for that matter)? Jokinen may slot in on the second line with his countryman Nik Haman and Rene Bourque.
If someone out there can justify what Darryl Sutter is thinking here, please let me know!
Fantasy Players this helps, in order:
1. Rene Bourque
2. Nik Hagman
Fantasy Players this hurts, in order: