Sutter confident in trades

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

Olli Jokinen has finally become a Calgary Flame.

Jordan Leopold is back for a second go-round.

Gone are Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust, first- and second-round draft picks, along with yesterday's waiver pickup Lawrence Nycholat and prospect Ryan Wilson.

It's been a busy afternoon for Flames general manager Darryl Sutter, who made a bold statement his team is going for it all by picking up the most coveted top-line centre on the market and a potential top-four defenceman for a pair of picks and a quartet of young players.

By far the biggest splash the franchise has seen on deadline day, Jokinen is the prize addition.

The 29-year-old Finn has struggled a little with the Phoenix Coyotes this season, managing 21 goals and 42 points in 57 games in the desert, but will be reunited with head coach Mike Keenan, who tutored Jokinen when both were members of the Florida Panthers.

The deal sent Lombardi, Prust and a first-round draft pick ˜ either this spring or next ˜ to Phoenix for the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder who should play on the top line between Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri. The Flames also received a third-round selection from the Coyotes.

With 229 goals and 503 points in 780 games with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Panthers and Coyotes, Jokinen has yet to play an NHL playoff game.

He'll get that chance in Calgary, where the Flames have their sights set on a Stanley Cup after years of virtual silence on deadline day.

Sutter started to make his splash early when picking up pending unrestricted free agent Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche in return for a second-round pick this spring and a pair of defencemen, Nycholat and Wilson.

Both players given up were freebies ˜ Nycholat off waivers Tuesday from the Vancouver Canucks, and Wilson an undrafted free-agent signing over the summer.


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