I liked Juicy but he did not fit the mold of a Tocchet kinda player. He was more a finesse type winger (without all the scoring! doh!)
My thoughts (and hopes) is that Roberts plays really well, or atleast well enough someone might be interested in his veteran presence to make a run at the cup and maybe we get a pick for him. I think that is Recchi's destiny as well.
So we loose the 1.875 mil off the books or half of it and hopefully loose Roberts as well.
My only concern is we cannot have 12 of the same muck it up grind it out forwards. We need a nice mix of grinders and shooters etc.
And to think where my expectations were at the beginning of the season? For a second there I thought we had a nice line up of forwards......
i've given up on him. im going to be honest and say that when he first was on waivers i was very upset. but no i'm indifferent. after seeing guys who deserve a spot more than him, i wouldn't mind seeing him go.
Well, I was really hoping the last waiver shuffle would put some spark into him after he got back, but...
I watched a LOT of Stars games in the couple years prior to the trade (ex-BF from Texas and a big Stars fan) and based on that, thought Jussi would be a real contributor on the Bolts. I was more enthusiastic about getting him than Smitty, in fact. Shows what I know.
But still, I have this sneaking feeling that if another team picks him up, he'll snap out of it and do well for them. Oh well, I guess it still doesn't matter in that case. He's not helping us ATM, so what's the diff?
His 30 games in a row without a goal will be missed.
30 game goalless streak
no defensive skills what so ever.
no physicality at all
Overrated shootout skills thanks to a hot streak 3 years ago.
All for just under 2 million.
I understand why people might be upset, he was supposed to be a big part of the Richards trade (though Smith and Halpern are more than enough for me) but can anyone really say they would play Jokinen over Hall, Pettinger, Downie, R2, etc? All of those players provide something. Hall and Pettinger are good 4th liners who will play defense, stick up for teammates, chip in a goal here and there while a player like Downie is scoring and is playing very well with Stamkos. There is nothing that Jokinen really provides. He doesn't do defense, he hasn't scored since Melrose was coach, he doesn't hit, his shootout skills are nothing special. Unless he starts scoring there are thousands of players who don't score, fight, play defense, etc in Europe and the minors. With Jokinen a RFA next year can a team short on capspace really justify offering him a raise to keep his rights when he is so easily replaceable?
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