Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jokinen Out 2 to 4 Weeks

The Coyotes learned before the weekend that their biggest free agent acquisition, Olli Jokinen, will be out of the line-up from anywhere from two to four weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury this week. Fortunately for Phoenix, the injury will not require surgery, which would have kept the centre out for at least twice as long as this diagnosis.

Jokinen, a Draft pick of Dennis, has had a decent start to the season, scoring 7 goals and adding 11 assists in the first 22 games of the season. As someone taken in the third round of the Draft, he has been performing a little below where he should be and the injury will hamper that sort of production.

The Coyotes have played well with Jokinen in the line-up and will miss him, likely to a great degree. He does bring that veteran presence with a scoring touch, which is hard to replace. This could affect the point production of the Phoenix goaltending as well, if they can't get wins in his absence.

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