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Janne Kuokkanen: Set to play in Europe

Kuokkanen agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Fribourg-Gotteron (Switzerland) on Wednesday. Kuokkanen played in 57 games for the Devils last season in which he garnered six goals, 11 assists and 64 shots despite averaging just 13:29 of ice time. With New Jersey bringing in John Marino and Brendan Smith along with draftee Simon Nemec, the 24-year-old Kuokkanen likely would have had to settle for a spot in the minors or the press box this year, no doubt factoring into his decision to head overseas.
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Report: Devils will buy out forward Janne Kuokkanen

Kuokkanen signed a two-year, $3.65 million contract last August. Being under the age of 25, the buyout ratio for Kuokkanen is 1:3, so he’ll cost the Devils $200k in 2022-23 and $325k in 2023-24. Kuokkanen was originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2016...
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New Jersey Devils to buy out Janne Kuokkanen

Though the buyout period is listed as ending today, it is a little misleading. Today is the deadline to place players on waivers for the purpose of a buyout, meaning there could be another flood of names hitting the open market in a few hours. One of those is expected to be Janne Kuokkanen, according to PuckPedia, who will be bought out by the New Jersey Devils.
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Janne Kuokkanen: Waived unconditionally

Kuokkanen (undisclosed) was placed on unconditional waivers by the Devils for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract Tuesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. The Devils have opened up $1.625 million in cap space for the 2022-23 campaign by buying out Kuokkanen. The 24-year-old Finn drew into...
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Picks up helper in shootout loss

Kuokkanen notched an assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kraken. Kuokkanen earned his second assist in three games when he had the secondary helper on Jesper Boqvist's first-period tally. Kuokkanen has picked up five points in eight games since he returned from wrist surgery. The Finnish winger has 16 points, 58 shots on net and a minus-8 rating in a career-high 51 appearances.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Gathers assist

Kuokkanen notched an assist in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Coyotes. Kuokkanen set up a Jesper Boqvist tally in the second period. In six games since returning from a wrist injury, Kuokkanen's contributed a goal and three helpers. The Finnish winger has struggled to 15 points, 56 shots on net, 28 hits and a minus-9 rating in 49 appearances this season, but his recent play is a reason to be slightly encouraged that he'll finish the year strong.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Activated off IR

Kuokkanen (wrist) was activated off injured reserve Thursday. Kuokkanen could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday versus the Bruins. The 23-year-old winger has picked up 11 points through 43 contests this campaign.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Not returning Saturday

Kuokkanen (wrist) won't play Saturday versus the Capitals, Devils team reporter Catherine Bogart reports. Kuokkanen has been taking full contact in practice since Monday, but he'll apparently need a bit more time before he can play. This likely makes him doubtful for Sunday's game versus the Canadiens as well.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Still out Wednesday

Kuokkanen (wrist) remains out Wednesday versus the Maple Leafs, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Kuokkanen unsurprisingly remains out of the lineup for the second half of a back-to-back. He'll likely get in a couple of full-contact practices prior to Saturday's game against the Capitals, which is his next chance to return from an 18-game absence.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Not ready to return

Kuokkanen (wrist) won't play Tuesday versus the Rangers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Kuokkanen is still on injured reserve, though he's been cleared to practice fully. It's unclear if he'll be ready Wednesday versus the Maple Leafs -- it's more likely he returns Saturday against the Capitals.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Upgrades to full contact

Kuokkanen (wrist) is practicing in a regular jersey Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Kuokkanen has shed the non-contact jersey but remains on injured reserve for now. The winger told Stein that his wrist is back to full health, so Kuokkanen could be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Misses road trip

Kuokkanen (wrist) stayed back in New Jersey when the team left on its three-game road trip, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Kuokkanen has already been sidelined for the Devils' last 13 contests and will be out for at least three more. Prior to getting hurt, the 23-year-old Finn was mired in a 13-game goal drought during which he registered just 17 shots and four assists. Once cleared to return, Kuokkanen should be in the mix for a bottom-six role and could even push for more opportunities.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Ruled out for Sunday

Kuokkanen (wrist) is not expected to participate in Sunday's contest against Pittsburgh, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports Saturday. Kuokkanen has missed the last two games while dealing with a wrist injury and is expected to miss his third consecutive contest, Stein adds. The 23-year-old winger has averaged 13:04 of ice time and distributed three assists over his last 10 appearances.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Grabs helper in loss

Kuokkanen notched an assist in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Maple Leafs. Kuokkanen has picked up assists in each of his last two outings and three helpers in his last six games. The Finnish winger had a hand in Jesper Boqvist's first-period tally Monday. Kuokkanen is up to 11 points, 43 shots on net, 25 hits and a minus-9 rating through 41 contests this season, taking a step back from the 25-point campaign he produced in 50 appearances in 2020-21. He's logged mainly bottom-six minutes in recent outings.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Clears COVID-19 protocols

Kuokkanen was removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Monday. Kuokkanen will return from the protocols only having missed one contest Thursday against the Islanders. The 23-year-old has averaged 13:14 of ice time and tallied eight points over 34 appearances this season.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Placed in COVID-19 protocols

Kuokkanen entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Sunday. Kuokkanen has averaged 13:59 of ice time and tallied two goals and one assist through his last 10 appearances. His entrance into protocols means he is doubtful to appear in Monday's contest against Tampa Bay.
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Devils' Janne Kuokkanen: Gathers assist Sunday

Kuokkanen registered an assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals. Kuokkanen has found a bit more consistency on offense with two goals and a helper in his last four games. The Finn still hasn't done much overall with eight points, 31 shots on net, 21 hits and a minus-8 rating in 31 appearances this year. Kuokkanen is likely to stick in a third-line role even while Tomas Tatar (COVID-19 protocols) is sidelined.
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