— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) March 26, 2013
A couple of tidbits from your friend Gene Principe…
Eric Belanger is out for at least a week after re-aggravating his groin. This puts Ryan Smyth back at centre, which you should hate with the fire of a thousand suns.
The part that should grab your attention is the ‘no one has been called up’ part. Surely the Oilers could call up a natural centre from OKC (or Hartikainen) in time to meet the team in St. Louis.
Maybe this has something to do with Jussi Jokinen being on waivers?
As I understand it, waiver order is FLA-COL-T.B.-PHI-CGY-EDM-BUF-PHX right now. Can’t see Jokinen getting past PHX (if not earlier).
— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) March 26, 2013
With Travis Ewanyk getting signed to an entry-level deal last week, it puts the team at 49 contracts (or one below the 50 max). If the Oilers are serious about making a pitch to Dan DeKeyser tomorrow in Toronto, they’d have to trade a player away in order to make possible room for both DeKeyser and a prospective Jussi Jokinen.
At 3M for another year, he’d be a fine fit on the bottom six. If Yakupov is in the bottom six, Jokinen could play any of the remaining wing positions and be a good fit. A 45 point player in 2011-12, Jokinen’s shooting percentage is the lowest it’s been in four years. I’d take that gamble. He’s also over 58% successful at the dot at C. Drop him anywhere in that bottom six.
He’s got five teams to pass through before Edmonton would have a shot.
Put this on the back burner until tomorrow. I’d be shocked if Jokinen didn’t get claimed by someone.
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