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Jokinen rumors continue

From George Richards of the Miami Herald:

”He’s no different than any other player,” Martin said from his office at the team’s arena in Sunrise. “As a general manager, you’re always looking to improve the club. There have been no specific talks about him, but I’ll be talking to other general managers and see where teams want to improve themselves.”

One of the obvious suitors for Jokinen’s services this time around is Calgary — coached by former Panthers boss Mike Keenan. Jokinen has credited Keenan with turning his career around when he was an underachieving forward in 2002.

Minnesota, Vancouver, Dallas and Philadelphia also are thought to have serious interest in Jokinen.

Read the entire article here.

The list of teams noted are not surprising, as many of these teams have been said to have interest in Jokinen in the past. Also of note, is that Richards mentions in the piece that the Panthers would want a first round pick included in any package for the Finnish centerman.

I won’t sit here and predict where Jokinen will go; however, I believe he will probably be traded before or at the Entry Draft next week in Ottawa.