Report: Jokinen expected to hit free agency after Penguins reject offer to re-sign for $4 million

by Jun 30, 2:01 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen, just two years removed from clearing waivers, is likely to be moving on from the city where he rebuilt his career according to a report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:

A source told ESPN.com that Jokinen’s camp offered to re-sign for $4 million a year, a raise over the $3 million he made this past year, but the cap-challenged Penguins feel it’s too much money. 

Jokinen’s agent Todd Diamond wouldn’t divulge those kinds of details, only to say he still hoped to hear back from Pittsburgh before the market opened Tuesday. 

Over the past two seasons, Jokinen appeared in 91 games for the Penguins, scoring 28 goals and added 68 points. That sort of production seems well worth $4 million, which can be generally described as 'market value' for a top-six forward with limited physical upside like Jokinen.

"We have three or four other teams that we’ve spoken to," added Jokinen's agent Todd Diamond of International Sports Advisors Co.. "But I think with these potential trades possibly happening [Jason Spezza, etc], that may also create more interest for Jussi and other players in his position. It’s a pretty fluid situation right now."

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