Olli Jokinen #13 of the Calgary Flames warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on March 20, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 2-1 in overtime.
(March 19, 2012 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

Olli Jokinen signs two-year, $9 million deal with Winnipeg


A day after signing Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year, $1.8 million contract, the Winnipeg Jets have added another veteran forward.

Olli Jokinen has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Jets, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Jokinen hasn’t been a point-per-game player since his days with the Florida Panthers, but he did have 23 goals and 61 points in 82 games with the Calgary Flames in 2011-12.

Between those two signings, Winnipeg has meaningfully bolstered their top three lines and put themselves in a situation where they should get some secondary scoring.

Jokinen might end playing alongside restricted free agent Evander Kane. Bryan Little and Nik Antropov will then probably center the second and third lines respectively, assuming the Jets make no other changes.

This signing might also result in prospect Mark Scheifele getting some more development time before he earns a permanent spot with the Jets.

It’s a two-year deal, so the Jets have limited the risk involved. Overall, this doesn’t look like a bad deal for them.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.