Other free agent forwards of interest

We’ve already covered some of the more intriguing players that will be available via free agency, but it doesn’t appear likely that the big-ticket guys like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will end up in New York. ┬áThe 2012 free agent class is extremely thin, but at the draft last weekend GM Glen Sather confidently stated the team would still…

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Jokinen to Sign with Dynamo Minsk (Probably)

Have no fear, Ranger fans, Olli Jokinen will not be returning to the Rangers for next season. According to Alexander Zaitsev, citing Sportsdaily.ru, the now ex-Ranger center will be signing with the Dynamo Minsk of the KHL. Jokinen, who was acquired at the Olympic deadline with Brandon Prust for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins, was brought in to help add…

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Jokinen Nets Two, Finns Win Bronze

Fresh off their embarrassing 6-1 loss in the semi finals to Team USA, Team Finland rebounded nicely in the bronze medal game last night, defeating Team Slovakia to win the Bronze medal. The Finns showed some tremendous poise, netting four goals in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit to win 5-3. The comeback was led by Rangers center…

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Lisin/Brashear Scratched

Oh wait, there’s a game tonight. Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust will be making their Ranger debuts tonight, wearing numbers 12 and 8, respectively. To make room for them in the lineup, Donald Brashear will be scratched again, as will Enver Lisin. Lisin didn’t play poorly in his “return to the lineup” over the past few games. But, dare I…

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Thoughts On Jokinen

Now that the Jokinen trade is official, I thought I would provide my thoughts on the trade. And it’s pretty simple: Win for Glen Sather. Glen Sather may suck in free agency, but the man knows what he’s doing in trades. Jokinen for Higgins and Kotalik would be simply unheard of a couple months ago. I’ve maintained that Jokinen is…

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It’s Official

I went to bed last night, so I wasn’t awake to get this post up when it happened. The trade is official. The Rangers have acquired Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from Calgary in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins. In the end, Jokinen essentially replaces Higgins in the lineup, as Kotalik had been a healthy scratch for the…

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Very Unusual

Generally, when teams are on the verge of a trade, the players involved are scratched as a precaution. An injury to a player involved in a trade would essentially kill the deal. This is the sole reason why Olli Jokinen suiting up for Calgary tonight when the Flames are in Philly is a very, very unusual move. More details as…

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Assuming Jokinen Is A Ranger, What’s Next?

We can’t be entirely sure if Olli Jokinen will be a Ranger, but signs are pointing that way. As a refresher, the deal was: Jokinen and Brandon Prust to Broadway, and Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins going out to Calgary. I love this deal. Jokinen, who is essentially replacing Higgins, since Kotalik doesn’t play anymore, is a very good player,…

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Rangers Acquire Olli Jokinen

The Rangers are in the process of finalizing a deal with the Calgary Flames, a deal that would see Olli Jokinen come to Broadway in exchange for Ales Kotalik and one of Christopher Higgins or Matt Gilroy. More details to come. Update 10:22pm: Matt Gilroy will not be involved in the deal. Update 10:25pm:The final deal will be Ales Kotalik…

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