Jokinen isn't stressing about his future
CALGARY, AB -- For just the second time in his 13 year career in the NHL, there is a chance Olli Jokinen will become an unrestricted free agent but that uncertainty isn't weighing on his mind.
"The only thing I have been thinking about is signing (with) the Calgary Flames," he said on Monday. "I have no other thoughts. Time will tell. We haven’t discussed anything and this is not the place to discuss that anyways."
Jokinen is coming off a two-year deal that paid him $3 million per season. Over the last couple years, the Finn has scored 40 goals and recorded 115 points in Flames silks. The 2011-12 campaign saw Jokinen alter his game, becoming perhaps the team's best two-way forward thanks to his defensive play, while still generating offence. He second in team scoring with 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) but those numbers don't mean much to the pivot.
"It's not about points," he stated. "It's about the team. It's about getting into the playoffs. That's all that matters for me."
With the team missing the postseason for the third straight year, many feel general manager Jay Feaster will be doing a major overhaul of the Flames roster during the offseason. Jokinen just shrugged when he was questioned about the potential for serious personnel changes, saying it was out of his hands.
"I think we’ll have answers pretty soon what Calgary is going to do, what I’m going to do. I think we’ll find out pretty soon which direction the Flames are going."
While he made it clear he wants to re-sign with the Flames, Jokinen did express his desire for a long-term deal as that would be a major benefit for his family, who have enjoyed their time in Calgary over the past three years.
"I think I’m not old enough to say I want a one-year deal and go year by year ... I think I still have a lot of years left."
Jokinen also noted he will not be playing in the IIHF World Hockey Championships this spring. After playing in the 2010 Winter Olympics, he decided that he would forego any more stints with the Finnish national team.