Jokinen serious about staying with Jets

Jokinen is the highest-profile pending unrestricted free agent on the Jets' roster. (KEVIN...

Jokinen is the highest-profile pending unrestricted free agent on the Jets' roster. (KEVIN KING/Winnipeg Sun)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

Olli Jokinen is interested in extending his time as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.

Whether or not the feeling is mutual won’t be known for a bit, but Jets head coach Paul Maurice certainly gave the veteran Finn a ringing endorsement prior to Thursday’s home-ice finale at MTS Centre against the Boston Bruins.

“Olli Jokinen today works for me,” said Maurice, whose club defeated the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout and will close out the regular season on Friday night against the Calgary Flames. “Now I’m slipping onto the management side and I have no qualifications to do that, but a gentlemen his age (35) that scores 18 goals can walk around a lot of teams and say, I’m a pretty good player still.

“And he is. Olli can play a number of years.”

It’s not the first time that statement — or a variation of it —has been made.

Jokinen himself said he had five or six good years left prior to training camp as he met with the media for the first time since the 2013 campaign.


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