The former Ranger, Olli Jokinen — he of shootout fame and a lot of mailing-in games in his brief tenure — won’t be back on Garden ice Monday. He was suspended by the NHL for a cross-check to the head of Colorado’s Wojtek Wolski Wednesday night.
Jokinen is going to forfeit three games worth of pay: $48,387. Actually, it’s almost as hard to believe that he is making that kind of money after his performance last year, as it is to believe that Calgary took him back.
One of the great trades in recent Rangers history, Jokinen — it turns out — was a throw-in in the deal that brought Brandon Prust to the Rangers and rid them of Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik. Talk about win-win-win.
By the way, in that same game, New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first NHL goal. Good for him!
UPDATE, 5:20 P.M.: Reader LW3H reminds us that Wolski plays for the Coyotes now … and the NHL announced the suspendable offense as having happened in a game at Colorado, when in fact Phoenix was in Calgary Wednesday night. So, so sorry.
Also, obviously, Shattenkirk’s goal came in another game, for the Avalanche. So congrats to him yet again. And sorry, again.