After years of rumors, Olli Jokinen was finally traded by the Florida Panthers on Friday night during the 1st Round of the NHL Entry Draft to the Phoenix Coyotes. The best active offensive Former Islander, Jokinen came at a cost as the Panthers picked up defensemen Nick Boynton, Keith Ballard and a 2nd Round pick on Saturday with which Florida picked another d-man, Colby Robak (Brandon, WHL). O-Jok is in the last 2 seasons of a long term deal in which he will earn a total of $10.75 million in base salary.
Despite having a slightly off season (34 goals, 37 assists for 71 points on 82 games), Jokinen leaves the Panthers as the franchise's all-time leader in goals (188), assists (231) and points (419). Jokinen returns to the Western Conference, more specifically the Pacific Division, since last playing for the Los Angeles Kings during the 1998-99 season. He was originally drafted 3rd overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by LA. As always, we wish the very talented Jokinen the best with his new team.