Maybe Olli Jokinen wasn't the problem in Sunrise after all.
The Florida Panthers are busy choking their way out of the playoffs for the umpteenth straight year, and without Jokinen to blame this time. This time they've lost eight of 10, which is about par for March (although they're way behind pace in the "Carolina is a bunch of divers" category).
Each spring, as the Panthers faded their way out of the playoff chase, there were whispers that Jokinen's leadership was at fault. After all, he'd never played in a single playoff game. (Never mind that anyone who played for the Islanders, Kings and Panthers had an uphill climb in that category anyway.)
After the Panthers traded Jokinen to Phoenix at the draft, those whispers exploded into outright accusations when a team account executive sent an email to ticket-holders that said, in effect, don't blame us for this decade of lousy hockey: blame Olli.
Olli is a great player, but he has shown no leadership or improvement, and he never came through for us when we needed him the most. As a stat, Jokinen scored 5 goals in the last 24 games, this is not acceptable for a Captain of an NHL organization. He played with little heart or passion and never had the determination to reach the playoffs. This move was done for one reason only, to make the postseason and return the passion and energy into this arena.
As unintentional humor goes, that's about as good as it gets. (The Panthers are still searching for both "passion" and "energy," it should be noted.) And where's Jokinen? A valuable contributor on a Calgary Flames team that may have as good a chance as anyone to emerge from the Western Conference.