Flames acquire Jokinen
The Calgary Flames are becoming the major players on the NHL's trade deadline day.
Less than an hour after acquiring Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche, the Flames made a huge splash by picking up Phoenix winger Oli Jokinen for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first-round draft pick.
Calgary also received a third-round pick in the deal.
Jokinen has 21 goals and 21 assists in 57 games this year, missing games in late November and early December due to an upper-body injury.
The Finnish forward has not played in a playoff game in 11 seasons of NHL action. During that time, he's amassed 229 goals and 503 points in 780 regular-season games.
He's earning $5.25 million (U.S) this season and will make $5.5 million next year.
An NHL all-star in 2003, Jokinen was drafted third overall in 1997 by the Los Angeles Kings, but spent most of his career with the Panthers after a short stint with the Islanders.
He was dealt to the Panthers from the Islanders in 2000 along with Roberto Luongo for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.
The Coyotes acquired Jokinen from Florida last summer for Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton .
Jokinen is in the third season of a four-year deal he signed with Florida in March of 2006.
Lombardi, 26, has nine goals and 21 assists in 50 games this season. Prust, 24, has a goal and an assist in 25 games.
Phoenix also made a deal earlier in the day, sending goaltender Mikael Tellqvist to the Buffalo Sabres for a fourth-round pick in 2010.
Lombardi had spent his entire career with the Flames (five seasons). He's put up 167 points in that time. Prust has two points in 25 games for Calgary this season.
"We are excited to add two young players in Lombardi and Prust to our lineup," Phoenix GM Don Maloney said in a statement. "Lombardi's speed and scoring touch along with Prust's physical style should fit our team very well."
With files from The Canadian Press