Penguins continue to deal, add forward Jokinen from Carolina

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The Penguins have acquired forward Jussi Jokinen from Carolina for a conditional draft choice.

The choice will be a seventh-rounder unless Jokinen appears in at least half of the Penguins' playoff games this spring and they win the Stanley Cup, in which case it becomes a sixth-rounder.

Jokinen was on waivers last week, but went unclaimed.

Jokinen, who turned 30 two days ago, has six goals and five assists in 33 games this season.

His most productive season was 2009-10, when he had 30 goals and 35 assists.

Although the Penguins were believed to be in the market for a fourth-line forward today, there's no guarantee Jokinen will be used there.

He is versatile and skilled and a good faceoff man, going 168-115 this season.

Those qualities are of particular value to the Penguins since there is no word on when injured center Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup.

Jokinen also has a history of scoring in shootouts, although there are none of those during the playoffs.

He is not a classic rental player, because he has one year -- with a cap hit of $3 million -- remaining on his contract.

The Hurricanes will assume responsibility for some of Jokinen's salary in both this season and 2013-14, although precisely how much wasn't immediately known.

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First Published April 3, 2013 5:45 PM


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