There’s an old saying about not prolonging a mistake just because you expended hours upon hours making it.
So, you can criticize Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli for acquiring Jussi Jokinen at the stage of his career where the veteran Finn could no longer make head coach Todd McLellan’s lineup. Or at least, find a way to become an integral part of the team.
Or you can credit Chiarelli for quickly selling the stock, turning the 34-year-old Jokinen — who had just one assist and no goals in 14 games as an Oiler — into 35-year-old former sniper Mike Cammalleri, just 17 games into the season.
However you look at it, Chiarelli dealt a veteran checker for a veteran scorer Tuesday, which makes some sense for the GM of the NHL’s lowest-scoring team, at just 2.24 goals per game. It’s a swap of two players nearing the end of their careers, one who was deemed too slow in Edmonton, for another who the Oilers hope has the hands left to bury a puck or two.
It’s really a no-lose for Edmonton. They were getting absolutely nothing from Jokinen, a long-serving veteran whose NHL days are numbered.
Edmonton needs some offensive pop, and although Cammalleri doesn’t have the foot speed he once had he should have some muscle memory remaining after 290 career goals and six 25-goal seasons. That production dropped off the last two seasons with the low-scoring New Jersey Devils (14 and 10 goals) but the two seasons before that he had 27 for the Devils and 26 goals during his last year in Calgary.
“I’m looking forward to experiencing the other side of the Battle of Alberta,” Cammalleri said Tuesday night. He had two stints and four productive seasons …read more