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Penguins Trade For Jussi Jokinen Add Depth to Already Deep Roster

Going into trade deadline day today you would be hard pressed to find a deeper roster than that of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their first two lines could fill an All-Star team.  Penguins GM Ray Shero added yet another player to the Penguins and once again did it without losing a roster player only a conditional 6th or 7th round pick.


30 year old, 5’11 center or left wing, Jussi Jokinen had fallen out of favor with the Carolina Hurricanes this year.  His 6 goals in 5 assists in 33 games didn’t mesh well with the $3 million in salary he was receiving.   The Carolina Hurricanes also had just over paid for Alexander Semin and were probably looking for a bit of salary relief.

What this means for the Penguins:

As for now, Jussi Jokinen, only 3 years removed from a 30 goal season will most likely get a tryout as center in between Kunitz and Dupuis on the Penguins top line. Once Crosby returns he will most likely be filling in a role on the already convoluted 3rd and 4th lines of the Penguins.  The Penguins options for a third line at that point will be ridiculous.  Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen and Brenden Morrow would be a dream third line.  The Forth line could be Vitale, Kennedy & Cooke or any number of combinations. Players will be fighting for positions.

His versatility is really important to us,” Shero said.  Knowing the incredible amount of injuries the Penguins have sustained over the last few playoff seasons, having a “utility” forward in the lineup will only bolster the Penguins chances.

What this means in the future:

There are also big contract implications.  Jokinen is signed already for next year to a 3 million dollar contract.  The salary cap will be being lowered 6 million dollars next yer.  Long time Penguins Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams who are all unrestricted free agents next year will all be fighting for a spot salary wise.  Also The Penguins will be looking to sign additions onto Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang’s contract.

It it very doubtful that Evgeni Malkin will be moved if he is alright taking a Sidney Crosby like contract.  If Jokinen produces and works out for the Penguins, he may be a shoe in to fill one of the top roster spots that will be left over.  Depending on Letang’s contract demands there is a good chance he will be odd man out.


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    April 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink


  2. MMD's Gravatar MMD
    April 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    TK Should be the first one gone trade him now

  3. Canes Fan's Gravatar Canes Fan
    April 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    You guys will like Jokinen. Jussi can play some great hockey when he feels like it. All he needs is motivation. Moving down the roster with J Staal and Semin came in didn’t help his motivation. Maybe a fresh move will get him back playing the way he is capable. He will play to the level of the players he’s playing with.

  4. April 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I can see him replacing Dupuis if Dupuis makes ridiculous contract demands, and whatever Letang wants won’t impact next season any way as he is already signed for next year. If his salary goes up too much, Jokinen will be gone by the time it kicks in


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