Jokinen leaves pre-season game

Updated: September 30, 2010 at 9:47 am by Matt Bennett

Olli Jokinen left the Calgary Flames’ pre-season matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes last night in the middle of the second period with an undisclosed mid-body injury.  Temporarily stepping in for Jokinen between Niklas Hagman and Jarome Iginla was Alex Tanguay but don’t expect that to be a long term solution.

If Jokinen misses any extended amount of time, second-year player Mikael Backlund will surely be asked upon to take a bigger role in the Flames offense.  Calgary is still without Matt Stajan (separated shoulder) and Daymond Langkow (neck) leaving a gaping hole down the middle.

If Backlund does need to step up, he does have the talent to be a serviceable center but he won’t be a long-term fantasy option.  Last season with the Flames, Backlund posted just 1 goal and 9 assists in 23 games.

Calgary Herald

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