Olli Jokinen signs one-year contract with Predators

Wednesday, 07.02.2014 / 4:48 PM NHL.com

Center Olli Jokinen signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

"Olli Jokinen is a proven veteran center who will provide us with size, leadership and offensive ability in the tough Central Division and Western Conference," general manager David Poile said in a statement. "He provides our coaching staff with more depth and options at the forward position and coach [Peter] Laviolette believes he is a good fit for our style of play."

Jokinen had 18 goals, 43 points and 62 penalty minutes in 82 games for the Winnipeg Jets in 2013-14. The 35-year-old has 317 goals and 740 points in 1,168 regular-season games with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and Jets. He had four 30-goal seasons with the Panthers and a career-high 91 points for Florida in 2006-07.

Jokinen was selected by the Kings with the third pick in the 1997 NHL Draft.

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