NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' latest addition, forward Jussi Jokinen, is not expected to play Wednesday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. But Penguins coach Dan Bylsma certainly has plans for Jokinen, who was acquired on NHL Trade Deadline day from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
When he joins the team, Jokinen, who is expected to skate with the team Thursday, will take Sidney Crosby's spot centering Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. When Crosby eventually returns from a broken jaw that is expected to keep him out for the rest of the regular season, 30-year-old Jokinen is expected to find a new role.
"Obviously, getting healthy would leave different options available," Bylsma said before Wednesday's game. "You could see him playing on a fourth line and filling specific roles on your team, be it the faceoff or the power play. There are different options that he can fulfill at a point in time when you get everyone healthy.
"[He is] a guy I always circle as one of the guys you need to pay attention to on the other team. A guy who is versatile, plays center, plays wing, plays both special teams, takes faceoffs."