Jussi Jokinen has struck a four year deal with the Florida Panthers, his agent Todd Diamond confirmed. The deal is worth $16 million over 4 years. Florida has been busy today also signing Dave Bolland to a a five year.
SOME NOTES ON PENGUINS & OTHERS FROM THURSDAY’S ACTION United States 7 – Slovakia 1 — Paul Martin and Ryan Suter each led Team USA in ice time with 19:46 TOI. Martin was an even rating in the win and in a blowout like this one, the ice time stats in the first period tell the story where the coaches view particular players right now. Bylsma, as expected, leaned heavily on Martin who had 6:25 of ice time in the first period, second to Suter. Martin, Suter and Kevin Shattenkirk (19:14) all played over 19 minutes. — Brooks Orpik was a +3 but saw the least amount of ice time among all defensemen with 10:51 TOI. Bylsma dressed seven defensemen and Orpik was the only defenseman to play under 13 minutes. What was telling with Orpik is that he only played 1:26 in the first period. The buzz on OrpikRead More »
STOCK UP: JUSSI JOKINEN Matt Niskanen is not the only Penguins pending free agent in position to cash in this summer on the open market for a variety of reasons. Despite his decline in play, Brooks Orpik will also have the chance to net a big contract and will be coveted by several teams, and one Penguins forward has gone a bit under the radar. In a forward group that lacks elite talent, Jussi Jokinen is being looked at by rival executives as one of the top 5-8 forwards who could hit the open market this summer. Jokinen is third in points (16-25-41) among all pending unrestriced free agents this summer, behind only Jaromir Jagr (48 points) and Thomas Vanek (47 points). Jokinen’s 12 even strength goals is 4th among potential free agents behind Jagr, Vanek and Colorado’s Paul Stastny. With the ability to play center, wing and inRead More »
Jussi Jokinen is opening up camp on the third line. On the ice for the first on-ice session, we got our first glimpse at the depth chart and Jokinen is skating on left wing with Brandon Sutter at center and Matt D’agostini on right wing in what would be the Penguins third line. Beau Bennett is expected to open camp on Evgeni Malkin’s left wing. The Penguins plan to use Jokinen and Bennett with Malkin this season.
The salary cap is $64.3 million for 2013-2014 season and the Pittsburgh Penguins have have $63,623,333 committed to 20 players (11 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goaltenders) for next season. Qualifying offers to Dustin Jeffrey ($687,500) and Robert Bortuzzo (577,500) combine for $1.265 million. Harry Zolnierczyk who the Penguins feel could win a final roster spot, received a $660,000 qualifying offer last week and is likely to sign the tender barring the two sides working out a longer-term deal. Jeffrey has full intentions to sign his tender, while Bortuzzo could see his salary rise to around $625,000 as the Penguins intend to look into signing Bortuzzo to a two year extension this summer that will net him a one-way contract. Jeffrey signing his tender alone takes the Penguins above the salary cap, so the Penguins have some salary to move by the start of the season to be in compliance with the salaryRead More »
POST-GAME BUZZ Jussi Jokinen (7) scored in regulation and delivered the game deciding goal in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-10-0, 58 pts) earned a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Rangers (18-15-4, 40 pts) on Friday night at the Consol Energy Center. Marc Andre Fleury was a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout as the Penguins snapped a two game losing streak. In a game that had a playoff feel about it, Fleury put on a clinic tonight as he treated fans to some of the best goaltending your going to see. Fleury carried a shutout late into the third period until Rick Nash scored off a lost Brandon Sutter faceoff with 4:49 left in the third period to tie the game at 1-1 for the Rangers who were buzzing in the third period, outshooting Pittsburgh 14-4 in the period. Fleury was forced to make several highlight reelRead More »
INSTANT ANALYSIS: JOKINEN GIVES STAFF OPTIONS The Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon acquired forward Jussi Jokinen from Carolina in exchange for a conditional sixth or seventh round draft pick. Jokinen, 30, has one year left on his contract with a cap hit of $3 million which is problematic and a reason he went unclaimed last week, but the Hurricanes will be taking a portion of the salary cap hit back, a key to this deal happening from the Penguins perspective. For the Penguins, the past couple days they really seemed to be identifying a centerman to help them in the faceoff circle and that need became even more magnified with Sidney Crosby’s injury who team officials expect to miss at least three weeks and while there’s optimism of Crosby returning before the playoffs, there is still an unknown surrounding him right now. For the immediate future, Jokinen adds great insurance forRead More »
Jagr in talks with Habs, Red Wings The two front runners emerging in the Jaromir Jagr sweepstakes appear to be the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda tells ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun that the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings are among team’s they have spoken with. Montreal has been at the top of Jagr’s wishlist for sometime, due to his close relationship with Tomas Plekanec. What remains to be seen is how interested in Montreal is. The Red Wings, meanwhile, are exploring the possibility. Red Wings GM Ken Holland tells LeBrun that talks with Jagr’s camp are just preliminary at this point. It appears Jagr’s previous agents at the NHL level, JP Barry and Pat Brisson are not involved in these negotiations. Reportedly, Jagr has also contacted the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. The Penguins remain not interested. Jokinen, Upshall expected to hit the openRead More »