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OLLI JOKINEN

Age: 33

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Home: Kuopio, Finland

Position: C

H/W: 6-foot 3, 210 pounds

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drafted third overall by L.A., 1997

owns a gold medal from the 1998 World Junior

involved in the first big trade of his career, moving in June, 2009, to the Islanders in a six-player, two-pick deal that saw Ziggy Palffy go to the Kings.

one June later, more trading. Jokinen went to Florida along with Roberto Luongo for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.

Jokinen played seven seasons for the Panthers, was captain for four. He had just six goals in his first season, but after the lockout year, had seasons of 38, 39 and 34 before being involved in a third career trade, this time to Phoenix at the 2008 draft.

Traded for a fourth time in his career at the 2009 trade deadline to Calgary and appeared in his only career NHL playoff series that spring.

Sagged to just 11 goals the next season and was traded for a fifth time, to the Rangers.

He returned to the Flames via free agency in the summer of 2010, taking a pay cut from $5.25 million to $3 million. Matters improved to a 54-point season, and again in 2011-12 to a 61-point season, though the Flames missed the playoffs both years.

In an NHL career in which he has now changed teams seven times, has 1,042 games; 292 goals, 683 points, 967 PIMs.

More than once has been in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Feb. 2008, after being checked and falling, his skate came up and clipped teammate Richard Zednick in the throat. Zednick was out the rest of the season but continued his career. In April, 2010 in his brief stint with the Rangers, was the team's final shootout shooter in the regular season's final game against the Flyers. He missed, handing the Flyers the game and the playoff spot.

-- Tim Campbell

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 3, 2012 C1

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