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Jokinen returns to Flames

Thursday, 07.01.2010 / 6:21 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Olli Jokinen's departure from Calgary wasn't very long.

Roughly five months after trading the big center to the New York Rangers, Jokinen agreed to a two-year contract with the Flames Thursday.

Jokinen, 31, had 15 goals and 35 assists last season between the Flames and Blueshirts. He was dealt to the Rangers on Jan. 31, along with forward Brandon Prust, for Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik. Jokinen had 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 26 games for the Rangers, but will be mostly remembered in New York for his missed shootout attempt against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher on the final day of the regular season. The loss to the Flyers prevented New York from qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jokinen -- who also helped Finland win a bronze medal at the Olympics last February -- was the second forward to sign a deal with the Flames on the opening day of free agency. Alex Tanguay, who played for Calgary from 2006-08, agreed to a one-year deal to rejoin the Flames. Tanguay had 10 goals and 27 assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

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