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Brent Sutter praises Jets for picking up Olli Jokinen


Since leaving the Florida Panthers, Olli Jokinen’s reputation plummeted from “Rick Nash-type star on a bad team”* to something of a punchline. Yet with the help of Brent Sutter, Jokinen turned around his career during the last two seasons with the Calgary Flames, producing a solid 61 points in 2011-12. That redemptive run helped him earn a two-year, $9 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets, a move Sutter praised when speaking with Ken Wiebe.

“He’s a real good example of a player who, as he got up in age, he understood the importance of changing his game. To get a guy like Olli, it’s a great move by the Jets.” Sutter said. “He really flourished. The last two years, his game went to a whole new level, as far as the type of player he was. With doing it, he was still able to contribute and put up offensive numbers.”

In fact, Sutter called Jokinen the Flames’ “top forward” from last season, which is pretty high praise on a team that employs Jarome Iginla.

Interestingly enough, Jokinen’s $4.5 million cap hit ranks as the highest mark among Jets forwards – although that might change if Evander Kane signs – and ties him for the second-highest Winnipeg player alongside Ron Hainsey. (Dustin Byfuglien’s $5.2 million cap hit tops the team.)

Adding Jokinen isn’t really a splashy move, but if you ask Sutter, it might just be a great one.

* – It’s not as crazy a comparison as you might think. Jokinen generated 91 and 89-point seasons with Florida and scored 34+ goals four different times.

Oilers are set to name Ralph Krueger as head coach

Ralph Krueger

The Oilers have always been a team that works by their own beat and never adhering to what’s expected of them. You can say the same of them when it comes to picking a head coach as well.

While many expected Edmonton to hire former Flames and Devils head coach Brent Sutter to be their new bench boss, it appears they’ll be going with their own assistant coach Ralph Krueger for the job instead according to John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal.

Krueger is best known for his work in coaching Switzerland from 1997 to 2010 and taking the Swiss to a fourth place finish at the world championships in 1998. His work internationally led him to be Tom Renney’s assistant in Edmonton and now to being the top guy.

Krueger now gets to try and figure out how to lead the very young Oilers to being a playoff team once again and rise from the ashes of mediocrity that saw Edmonton turn into a team that picked first overall three years in a row. It’s a fine situation for Krueger to make a name for himself if he can.

Update (10:54 a.m. ET): Oilers make it official, name Krueger as head coach.

PHT Morning Skate: The Stanley Cup celebration hangover edition

Jeff Carter, Mike Richards

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Jeff Carter is more than happy to silence all his doubters after winning the Stanley Cup. (Los Angeles Times)

The Kings’ Cup parade will be Thursday. (NHL)

Drew Doughty’s career has been pretty full already and he’s just 22-years-old. (NHL.com)

Darryl Sutter joins his brothers Duane and Brent as Cup winners. That sure makes the holidays a lot more fun, eh? (The Hockey News)

After 39 years, Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller gets his moment in the sun with the Stanley Cup. (L.A. Kings Insider)

And you thought L.A. would riot? Silly humans. LAPD says all was relatively quiet. (Los Angeles Times)

While the Kings ended their 45-year Stanley Cup drought, the Washington Capitals are left to wonder when their turn might come. (CSNWashington.com)

Down Goes Brown gives you his winners and losers from the 2012 playoffs. (Down Goes Brown)

In non-Cup related news, the Red Wings will be making a decision on Tomas Holmstrom’s future in July. (Detroit Free Press)

Finally, watch how Wil Wheaton, Twitter’s biggest Kings fan and former star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, celebrates his team winning the Stanley Cup.