When he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings back in November, we can bet that veteran forward Jussi Jokinen was not expected for the story to take this turn. On Tuesday, the Kings placed Jokinen on waivers...
When Jokinen moved to L.A., general manager Rob Blake was hoping he could use him as a depth forward with faceoff skills and a solid two-way game. The 34-year-old, who was joining his seventh NHL franchise with the Kings, was seen as a good fit with the Kings.
Jokinen last played on January 4 against the Calgary Flames, after facing two days prior, his former club. He did not register a point against the Edmonton Oilers, who acquired Mike Cammalleri in return for Jokinen.
“Every player, when they get traded, is not happy,” said Jokinen. “When you play against (your old team) you want to show what they lost and you have a chip on your shoulder," Jokinen had explained to the Edmonton Sun.
“Even when things weren’t going well, I liked every day here and would have liked to stay here but at the end of the day they decided otherwise.”
Now, he may have a chip on his shoulder when he comes to the Kings as well...
Some teams might be interested to add a veteran forward on their roster. The New York Rangers are dealing with the long-term absence of top forward Chris Kreider, and could use Jokinen's experience on their team.
The San Jose Sharks could look to take a stab at him too, as they have been looking for depth up front for the past several months now.
In 18 games with the Kings, Jokinen managed to record a goal and five points. He had tallied just one assist in 14 contests with the Oilers.
The question is: Does he fave a future in the NHL? AHL? Retirement? These are in fact many questions, which will all be answered shortly...