After clearing waivers, Jokipakka is eligible to be assigned to AHL Stockton, Sportsnet 960's Pat Steinberg reports. Jokipakka has recorded just six points in 38 games with Calgary and been a consistent healthy scratch of late. The 25-year-old blueliner is now a candidate to head back to the AHL in order to get some action on the ice.
The Flames sent Jokipakka and a second-round pick to the Senators in exchange for center Curtis Lazar and defenseman Mike Kostka on Wednesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Jokipakka was placed on waivers and ended up clearing as a precursor to this deal. The Finn joins an Ottawa team that features a nice blend of physical stay-at-home defensemen and playmaking types. The 25-year-old resembles the former, as he owns a mere 28 points in 147 career NHL contests split between the Stars and Flames.
Jokipakka was waived by the Flames on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. Several teams are busy making roster moves with the NHL's trade deadline right around the corner, and now Jokipakka can be claimed under the 24-hour window. The Finn has been a healthy scratch the past eight games, which was the writing on the wall that the Flames don't have a need for his services.
Jokipakka has recorded a lone assist in his last 20 games, giving him six points on the season. The former Star recorded the same amount of points in half as many games (18) as a member of the Flames last year, so it's safe to say the team is likely dismayed by the downtick in production. Prior to suiting up Wednesday against Calgary, Jokipakka had actually served the previous three games as a healthy scratch, and has seen his ice time decline to 14:29 this year, which is significantly less than the 17:54 he averaged after coming over from Dallas last season.
Jokipakka hasn't recorded a point in 11 games and has just five in 27 contests this season. The Finn's seemingly lack of production is actually right in line with his first two NHL seasons, as he managed 10 points as a rookie then 12 points in 58 games last year. Jokipakka has averaged nearly 15 minutes of ice time in his first full campaign in Calgary, but doesn't do enough in any category (minus-3, eight PIM, 16 shots, 16 hits and 23 blocked shots) to warrant fantasy ownership in the vast majority of settings.
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