Finally, the trade that was to happen on Sunday between the Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers has taken place. Calgary, who is quite a mover this trade season, has traded Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust to the New York Rangers in exchange of Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
Now that the trade is complete, Jokinen has automatically become the third leading scorer on the Ranger behind Vinny Propsal, and Marian Gaborik. some stats.......Jokinen is currently riding a 2 pts in last 2 gp streak, wow. The 11 year vet Jokinen, is on pace to score 51 pts for the year. Olli is a big presence up the middle at 6-3 215lbs. He is a good face-off man, which is really all he has going for him. Jokinen is a better scorer than playmaker, so playing with Gaborik wouldn’t make much sense. He is known as a moody scoring center that lacks consistency, and leadership. So he should fit right in with the Rangers.
Olli Jokinen has only broke 80 pts twice in his career, both for Florida in 05 and 06. That is why this trade doesn't matter; the Rangers are a team filled with talent, but they have no heart. Kotalik, who was traded to Calgary, was reported to not even travel with the team. Are you serious??? He’s a member of a team, not his own team. Kotalik had a horrible year for the Rangers posting only 22pts in 45 games with a +\- of -18. Brandon Prust is an aggressive fore-checker, but a little pest of a player at 5-11 195lbs. He is a physical agitating winger, who will learn from one of the best agitators, Sean Avery.
So let’s recap, who cares. It’s not going to change the train wreck that is the New York Rangers 2009-2010 season. Go Pens!!