Jonsson played for two NHL teams: The Islanders and the Oilers. Edmonton got him for a 1989 fifth round pick–Kevin O’Sullivan–who hasn’t made the NHL yet. The reason they got him for so little was that Jonsson wanted his children to be raised in Sweden so he went to Sweden and played until he was 38 years old.
There’s a lot to admire about this fellow, including the wonderful skills he brough to the game. He was a fine skater who could gain clearance in a heartbeat and close a gap at the same pace. He had a hard, accurate shot that helped the powerplay and he played a solid positional game. He was not a physical player.
Marty York reported in Metro News (who are gaining some credibility with recent hire Robin Brownlee) that the Oilers may be interested in trading Raffi Torres for a defenseman.
Jim Matheson in today’s Journal has a slightly different take: “If (Curtis) Glencross signs for two years, the Oilers might try to trade winger Raffi Torres — who ripped up his knee last season and has two years left at a salary-cap hit of $2.25 million US a year — in order to move up in the draft. The Oilers’ offer is reportedly for less than the $1 million a year similar role player Matt Bradley just received with the Washington Capitals.”
From this we can conclude several things:
- Curtis Glencross is gone.
- Raffi Torres is back.
- Edmonton is going to rely on Ethan Moreau.
- There are going to be problems.