On July 1, Olli Jokinen becomes a UFA.

For the past three weeks, it's as if he'd been abducted by a UFO.

Only a month or so ago, before the strapping Finn and his Calgary Flames simultaneously hit the eject button and were subsequently all reported missing without trace, "insider" NHL analysts were predicting the 33-year-old pivot would be demanding, and commanding, a big-ticket, long-term, lottery-winning deal. If not here, then elsewhere.

Splashy numbers like $4 million-$4.5 million per season for four years were being thrown around for Calgary's most high-profile unrestricted free agent of the upcoming summer, now finishing out his current deal at $3 million.