The Carolina Hurricanes put winger Jussi Jokinen on waivers Tuesday, but after no team claimed him he will remain in Carolina for the time being. His future with the team is uncertain at this point, as the Hurricanes did not send him to the AHL and he will apparently accompany the team on their road trip to Canada but seems unlikely to play. The Hurricanes also placed Tim Wallace on waivers on Tuesday, and after he cleared on Wednesday he was reassigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.
The Hurricanes re-signed forward Alexander Semin to a five-year deal earlier this week, so they know they will have to trim salary somewhere to fit under the cap next season. Jokinen is slated to make $3 million next season and given his current production that seems to be more than he is worth (or what any other team will pay him). He has scored five goals and has 10 points this season, but has just one assist in the Hurricanes’ last eight games. Jokinen started the season with a nine-game scoring drought, an unexpected turn from a player who netted 12 goals and 46 points last season. While he has some of the best shootout skills of any player in the league, his lack of regulation scoring makes him dead weight on a Hurricanes team that has enough problems to deal with at the moment.
The Hurricanes have quickly fallen out of the playoff picture in the past two weeks, losing six straight games while struggling to score goals. The team has managed just one goal in each of their last five games, so don’t expect the moves involving Wallace and Jokinen to be the last shake-ups before the trade deadline.