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Jokinen will finish season with Flames

Calgary Flames Olli Jokinen against the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL hockey in Calgary, Alberta,...

Calgary Flames Olli Jokinen against the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL hockey in Calgary, Alberta, Feb. 15, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

It’s official: Olli Jokinen will finish the season with the Calgary Flames.

It was confirmed Saturday Jokinen has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause and will stay beyond Monday’s trade deadline.

Jokinen has previously made it clear he wanted to stay in Calgary this season and hopes to sign a contract extension this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

That’s good news for the Flames, as Jokinen is the team’s best centre and the club’s leading scorer this year.

However, Jokinen and the Flames have yet to discuss his future beyond this year, choosing instead to focus on trying to make the playoffs.

Jay Feaster said on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday he wants to re-sign Jokinen and didn’t think it would be a problem to get done.

Simply put, if Ales Hemsky signed for $5 million a year and has five goals, what then is Jokinen worth?

OFFER FOR GRABOVSKI

Sources tell the Calgary Sun the Toronto Maple Leafs have been offered a first-round draft pick for Mikhail Grabovski.

However, even though the Leafs can’t come to terms with the 28-year-old centre, the club has no plans to trade him before Monday’s deadline.

The team is prepared to pay Grabovski upwards of $5 million a year but can’t agree on term.

Regardless of where contract talks go, he will finish the season with the team, as management believes the second-line centre will be crucial if the Leafs are to make the playoffs.

Meanwhile, despite poor netminding of late, a team source says Brian Burke is not pushing hard to acquire a goalie by Monday.

Not only is he prepared to keep his faith in James Reimer, the team hasn’t ruled out the possibility of re-signing Jonas Gustavsson this summer.

Fact is the pickings are slim out there for goalies.

The Leafs and Oilers had a conversation about Nikolai Khabibulin, but it was a short one given the 39-year-old goalie has one more year left on a deal with a cap hit of $3.75 million.

The Leafs have no interest in Washington goalie Tomas Vokoun, who will be a UFA this summer.

‘YOTES NOTES

The Coyotes are close to the league-imposed salary budget but may have wiggle room now that Derek Morris is on a leave of absence.

Unsure when or if Morris will return, GM Don Maloney would like to add another defenceman to help with his top four. If he knew the Coyotes were staying in the desert, he’d try grabbing a rental player he could talk into re-signing but the franchise status hurts them. As long as the Coyotes remain in the desert, the belief is Ray Whitney will re-sign with the club this summer.

YOU OTT-A KNOW

The most sought-after player this weekend outside of Rick Nash: Steve Ott.

Most contenders have inquired, with the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers leading the charge. His no-trade clause expired after last year, and he has two years left at $2.95 million.

The speculation has made for an uncomfortable week in Dallas for the renowned agitator, which is ironic given how uncomfortable he makes most players he faces.

Odds on favourite to land him is Vancouver, which would be odd as his Stars play the Canucks Sunday.

ON THE ISLAND

P.A. Parenteau, one of the biggest surprises of the season, has opted to put off all contract talks until the New York Islanders declare themselves out of the playoff race.

While that would lead some to believe he’ll bolt after this season as an unrestricted free agent, the career minor-leaguer feels indebted to the Isles for giving him a chance to play alongside John Tavares and see his career blossom. He loves the city, the coach and the situation he’s in.


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