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A ‘dream come true’ for Jokinen – Metro US

A ‘dream come true’ for Jokinen

Olli Jokinen said he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he found out the Calgary Flames had acquired him at the trade deadline.

“It’s a fresh start,” said Jokinen, who notched 21 goals and 21 assists in 57 games with the Phoenix Coyotes this season. “It’s a good feeling right now.”

The Flames sent forwards Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust along with a conditional first-round draft pick in 2009 or 2010 to Phoenix in exchange for Jokinen and a third-round pick in 2009.

In addition, general manager Darryl Sutter re-acquired defenceman Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche without having to give up a player on his current roster.

“It’s what we wanted,” said Sutter, who also broke news that Todd Bertuzzi will be out of the lineup for about a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.

“We wanted to get a centreman and we wanted to get a defenceman. We knew we were going to have to pay a price.”

Jokinen has played an NHL-record 780 games without a single post-season appearance and he’s looking forward to ending that drought.

“It’s very exciting,” said the six-foot-three, 215-pound native of Kuopio, Finland. “To get a chance to play for a hockey market and play for a team like Calgary, it’s like a dream come true.”

Meanwhile, Leopold is excited to return to a team he helped guide to within one victory of hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2004.

“I’m excited to be back,” said the six-foot, 205-pound blue-liner, who put up six goals and 14 assists in 64 games with the Avalanche this season.

“I’m thrilled to have the chance to come to a contender and be able to compete with the top teams in the West.”

Other notable deals
• The Pittsburgh Penguins added forward Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick.

• The Phoenix Coyotes sent Derek Morris to the New York Rangers for fellow defenceman Dmitri Kalinin and forwards Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes.

• The Boston Bruins got forward Mark Recchi and defenceman Steve Montador.

• The Los Angeles Kings traded Patrick O’Sullivan to the Hurricanes, who turned around and sent O’Sullivan and a draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Erik Cole.

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