The Calgary Flames went into throwback mode on Canada Day, grabbing Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen in moves that surprised many in the hockey world.
The Jokinen signing is probably the one that has most people scratching their heads. Darryl Sutter gave up on the Jokinen experiment not four months ago. He brought the 31-year-old underachiever back into the fold with a two year deal worth $6 million.
As for Tanguay, his return makes a bit more sense. He signed to a one year deal worth $1.7 million.
Jokinen’s numbers on the Flames were less than enthralling for the 75 games he played during his last sting in Cowtown. With 50 points in those games, including 19 goals, it’s hard to justify the price tag. Adding his less-than-stellar locker room presence to the mix, it’s even more perplexing to consider this move as a serious one.
Tanguay managed 139 points, including 40 goals, in his 159 games with the club.
Perhaps part of the method here is to give the Flames more gumption down the middle. Jokinen can be tough to play against if he commits, so that could provide some spine for Calgary at centre. Looking at the roster now, they’ve got Jokinen to go with Mikael Backlund, Matt Stajan and Daymond Langkow. If you’re not impressed, neither am I.
I think Tanguay is the better acquisition here, obviously, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to make much of an impact on what is, by almost all definitions, a mediocre hockey club. Perhaps Sutter has a vision here that the rest of us aren’t privy to. Or perhaps he’s lost his marbles. In any event, Calgary fans have to be asking themselves some pretty interesting questions right now.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.