We were told this would happen, but it’s still a little surprising.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Olli Jokinen to the St. Louis Blues for a late draft pick. We’re still not exactly sure what the pick is, but TSN’s Darren Dreger tells us it is a conditional one.
Leafs agree to trade Jokinen to Blues for a late pick that can improve based on Jokinen’s performance.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 2, 2015
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 2, 2015
According to Johnston, the pick could become as high as a fourth round pick is the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
It looks like the veteran centre Joakim Lindstrom is heading to Toronto along with that conditional sixth-round draft pick. Lindstrom, a pending UFA, is 31-years old and has scored three goals and three assists this season in 34 games.
After being a point-per-game player in the SHL over the past four seasons (including a brief stint in Colorado where he wasn’t PPG), Lindstrom again tried to make an impression in the NHL this season. This is likely a roster spot/cap consideration move, and Lindstrom probably doesn’t fit into the Leafs’ long term plans.
Thank You Olli
Jokinen was acquired by the Leafs only a couple weeks ago from the Nashville Predators in the Cody Franson/Mike Santorelli deal. As soon as the deal was made, Dave Nonis told reporters that they would look to move Jokinen back to a playoff-bound team before the deadline. He came through on his promise.
Good thing, because Olli was apparently kind of pissed.
Jokinen is a pending unrestricted free agent and was owed $2.5M this season. The Leafs won’t be retaining any of it.
The Olli Jokinen Era in Toronto was a memorable one. In six games played, Jokinen contributed with one assist. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Olli.