Florida Panthers sign Jussi Jokinen to four-year deal

Bruce Bennett

Cats make first strike in free agency by inking effective winger to $16M contract.

The Florida Panthers made their first move in free agency today, and it was a good one, by signing left wing Jussi Jokinen to four-year, $16 million contract.

The 31-year-old Jokinen, who was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2000, is coming off a 21-goal, 57-point campaign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and has accumulated 414 points in 660 NHL regular season games.

Jokinen, who bagged a career-high 30 goals in 2009-01 with the Hurricanes, will be a welcome addition to the Panthers top six, giving either Aleksander Barkov or Nick Bjugstad a solid option on the flank.

Career Stats: Hockey Reference

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