It was reported yesterday that former New York Rangers back up goaltender, Steve Valiquette, will be heading to the KHL next season. Today, it appears more movement will be taking place from the Rangers organization as newly acquired Olli Jokinen is currently in discussions with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL.
"Sportsdaily.ru is reporting that New York Rangers unrestricted free agent center Olli Jokinen could be headed to Dinamo Minsk of the KHL next season. In an article discussing key developments so far in the KHL off-season, author Maxim Grushev states the following in regards to the Belorussian club: “The main transfer news in the coming days could be the signing of a contract with Finnish forward Olli Jokinen, who spent last season with the Rangers. In conjunction with Spiridonov, Stümpel and Glazachev from Barys, the Finn should become a leader of the updated Minsk [club].”
The 31 year-old Finnish forward was acquired on February 1st of this year for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins. In return, he suited up for the Rangers a total of 26 times tallying just 4 goals and 11 assists in that span. It would be a short stay by Jokinen should he opt to sign with the KHL this off-season.
Jokinen played a total of 799 games before finally making the post-season with the Calgary Flames. In his NHL career, he played 881 games and scored 252 while adding 316 assists for 568 points with 869 penalty minutes.
Micheal A. Aldred