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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Free Agency Update: Florida Panthers Sign Jussi Jokinen

A source for many puns and other such jokes, Jussi Jokinen has taken his game to South Beach for four years at $4 million per season.

Jussi Jokinen
Jokinen, acquired off of re-entry waivers in the 2012-13 season by Ray Shero, was perhaps one of the best deals in the NHL last season.  Though making $3 million last year the Carolina Hurricanes were tasked with paying half of his salary.  The Penguins paid merely $1.5 million for a player who netted 50 points playing between the second and third line.

The Finnish Jokinen, 31, is on his fifth NHL team.  Drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 6th round during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he made his way to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes before landing in Pittsburgh.  He'll now head to the Florida Panthers to be a veteran offensive presence on what could be a young, up and coming offensive powerhouse.

His versatility and ability in the shootout will be helpful in Florida, as well as his ability to be a mentor to some impressive young talent within the Panthers.

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