He can play either, which is why he is a valuable player.
His stats so far this season mean nothing. When the top-2 on the club aren't even having that great of seasons, you know something is wrong. Their team is ran like **** and everyone is suffering (Vrbata, Jokinen, etc).
Jokinen is only on the books for $1.875M this season and he's an RFA next year. We'd be stupid not to put in a claim.
There is something going on in Tampa, those owners are crazy, there is a rumor that those guys would go in the locker room and act like coaches (Bergeron said it, he's a clown and a idiot). They are just too bad at owning a hockey team.
I looked at his stats and he does have 6 goals this year. Thats not bad really and he is great in the shootout. I doubt bob picks him up but I think some other teams might be interested (like Ottawa they would kill for a guy with 6 goals making under 2 million a year right now...)
But what made him really good with that move, is that when a goalie was aware of the move and would go out on the backhand side of the shot, Jokinen would bring it back to the left side and shoot it top net. I saw him several times doing that when he was in his tremendous sequence of 8 or 9 straight goals in shootouts.
I don't care what anyone says, I believe Jussi is a good player, more of a Role Player, that would do well if he was on a team using him as a role player. EX: Montreal (if they start using role players (Komi shutdown)Detroit( Holmstrom)) Tampa is just a failure of a Hockey Team.
Not bingo. Jussi Jokinen is not good in the shootouts. I don't know how this myth has lived on for the last three years like it was handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai. He had a great stretch in his rookie season and all of a sudden he's money in the shootout for the rest of his career. I'm too lazy to look up his numbers but I bet he's no better than average now.
No interest from the Habs on any level.
1 for 7 this year, 18 for 36 all-time. He was lights out in Dallas, but in Tampa he can't score. Maybe goalies figured out he only has 2 moves.
I love this board. There's been a thread for every single castoff that's ever been put on waivers.
Nevermind having to be patient with Plekanec, Higgins, the Kostitsyns, keeping Chipchura in the minors...let's take up another roster spot + kill cap room with a forward that can't stay on one of the worst teams in the league. Good idea.