Jokinen to Flames Analysis
Olli Jokinen has been traded to the Calgary Flames along with a 3rd round pick for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust, and a conditional first round pick.
Jokinen, who was unhappy in Phoenix, finally will get to play in his first career playoff game with the Northwest Division leading Calgary Flames. He has played 780 games without playing in a playoff game, an NHL record.
Lombardi was seen as a young breakout player for the Flames for several years now and he has not yet elevated his game to the next level. Lombardi has great speed which should fit well with the young Coyotes as they rebuild once again.
Brandon Prust is a young fighter with little skill and more than likely is just an extra in this deal.
The first round pick that Phoenix received is a conditional draft pick. Calgary has the choice as to whether the draft pick is a pick in 2009 or 2010.
This move now makes Calgary a serious Cup contender this season and the line of Iginla – Jokinen – Cammalleri rivals the top lines of every team in the West save Detroit.
Recchi to Boston
Also worth noting is the trade of veteran winger Mark Recchi from Tampa Bay to Boston.
Officially, Boston gets Recchi and a second round draft pick for prospects Matt Lashoff and Martins Kursums.
The deal looks good for both sides, as Tampa Bay adds some much-needed prospect depth, while Boston adds a veteran winger with two Stanley Cup rings.