The Edmonton Oilers have been in the market for a forward to help bolster their offense. Last night the Oilers traded Jussi Jokinen to the Los Angeles Kings for Mike Cammalleri.
Oilers acquire Mike Cammalleri for Jussi Jokinen. Both on one-year deals Cammalleri makes $1 mill. Jokinen, $1.1 mill cap hit.
Cammalleri has 3-4-7 in 15GP. Jokinen 0-1-1 in 14GP
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Jokinen was a player that Edmonton’s put on their trade board in hopes of getting a big name forward. With the trade market thin at the forward position, Edmonton felt this was the only way to send an aging forward to another and get value in return. For Los Angeles, trading a young player for a veteran player did not make sense at this point. Kings management value their minor league system, and the players in that system. So, the only option was to trade a player like Cammalleri.
Neither player has been playing well for their respective teams this season. Both Cammalleri and Jokinen are playing on one-year contracts that did not have massive cap implications. Entering his 16th NHL season, Cammalleri has three goals and four seasons in 15 games with the Kings. While Jokinen only has one assist in 14 games this season for the Oilers. Jokinen is a good player, but his better days are behind.
Head coach Todd McLean hopes Cammalleri provide a lift to Edmonton’s offense. Edmonton is looking for players who can shoot the puck. Cammalleri is one of those players since entering the league that has shot the puck consistently as the net. During his second sting with the Kings, he has taken a smaller role with the team. Edmonton is hoping that Cammalleri can revive his season.
As far as the fit goes it is an interesting decision. The Oilers have been looking internally to bolster their offense. Edmonton brought up Jesse Puljujärvi to help with the lack of scoring. In three games this season, he has scored one goal but has looked more comfortable this season. Cammalleri is a finisher on a top that has nothing but player makers on the team. As coach McLean told the media.
In speaking with the Canadian Press McLean was quoted as saying “Given (our) lack of scoring, we think he can come in and use that shot. It’s not that we haven’t created opportunities, we just haven’t finished a lot of them. If we can continue to create and he happens to be the receiver of some of those passes, maybe we can get a little more offence out of him”
Now Cammalleri needs to be put in the right situations in order to finish the opportunities the Oilers will create. If MacLean really wants to get more offense out of Cammalleri, it would be advised to play him with either Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl. Considering it is a younger man’s game, will Cammalleri be able to keep up with the pace the Oilers set? Only time will tell.
Looking at the Kings side of things. Jokinen brings his faceoff skills to a team that is loaded down the middle. Again if put in the right situation, Jokinen can produce and add offense to a team that is a contender again for the Stanley Cup. Jokinen can play in many situations and in different roles.
If you are looking for a winner in this trade, it is too early for that. If both players end up revitalizing their seasons then great. However, long-term this trade will be one of those trades that both teams will end up regretting in the coming months.
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