It wasn’t too long ago Darryl Sutter acquired Olli Jokinen to be the Flames vaunted "#1 center" – you know, the mythical White Whale the org has been fruitlessly searching for since Sutter took the helm.
We all know how that went (or continues to go if you will). Now the team is searching for ways to balance one against the other since together they are the equivalent of two anchors on a rowboat.
Randy Sportak wonders if Iginla is ready to roll in his article this morning. Jarome has been outchancing the bad guys recently even though the pucks haven’t been going in and it’s probably only a matter of time before his current 4.4% SH% jumps back up to career norms.
“The last couple of games, it feels like it’s coming,” said Iginla, whose struggles have been a major focus the past couple of weeks. “That’s probably the most scoring chances I’ve had in a long time.
“Our line, we had a ton of scoring chances, and the only thing we can do is just stick with it.
“If you get enough chances, they’ll go in.
I would just like to have had them gone in already.”
That’s from the article. And fair enough, Jarome is sitting in the black in terms of both possession and scoring chances thus far. The flack he’s catching is only marginally related to his on-ice play. There’s no question that, with a few more bounces, he’d be a PPG player and there would be a lot less anger towards his play around here and on messageboards.
Of course, one of the reasons that Jarome is generating some nice underlying numbers is Jokinen, Bourque and Hagman are getting fed to the wolves to give him the high ground every night. Jokinen talks about his new role as a checking center in a Scott Cruickshank article this morning.