Conference Call: Olli Jokinen talks about playing for the Winnipeg Jets
The newest member of the Winnipeg Jets spoke with the media this morning and this is what he has to say about playing for the Jets next season:
– Why were the Jets a good fit? Had 2 other offers but he looked at Jets lineup and felt it was a good fit for him.
– What are his expectations? Felt that a lot of people wrote him off when he went to Cgy. Still feels he can be impact player.
– Whatever the role he is asked to fulfill, he will do whatever the coach asks of him.
– He knew his time was up in Calgary as the last season concluded. Also knows what it takes to play in a Canadian market.
– Asked whether first few days of free agency were stressful. Said he wasn’t stressed. Left it up to his agent.
– His family “isn’t afraid of the cold weather” and “loves the snow”.
– Asked whether he can help the young team mature. Reflects on his time in Florida and feels he can. Mentioned playing with Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour in Florida and how it was an “eye-opener”.
– Do you know any players from lineup? He mentions that he has played with Antti Miettinen. Also knows goalie coach Flaherty.
– Asked again about factors – “Playing in front of a sold out crowd, like I experienced in Calgary. Also his family loves Canada”
– Are you looking to prove something? Every time you step on the ice, you have something to prove.