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Panthers sign Bolland, Jokinen, Thornton, Mitchell to deals

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TSN.ca Staff
7/1/2014 3:23:15 PM
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The Florida Panthers have signed centre Dave Bolland to a five-year contract worth an average annual value of $5.5 million.

Bolland played just 23 games last season in his first year with the Toronto Maple Leafs after an ankle injury suffered early in the season. He was effective for the Leafs when he did play, scoring eight goals and four assists in 23 games, all but two of those points coming in the 15 games before he went down due to injury.

He is coming off a five-year deal he signed with Chicago prior to the 2009-10 season worth an average annual value of $3.375 million.

The Mimico, Ont. native spent the first six years of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cups in the process, before the team dealt him to Toronto at the 2013 NHL Draft.

The 28-year-old forward has 78 goals and 102 assists for 180 points over 355 career games in the NHL.

Bolland was drafted by Chicago in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The Panthers also signed forward Jussi Jokinen to a four-year deal worth an average annual value of $4 million.

In 81 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013-14 Jokinen scored 21 goals and added 36 assists for 57 points, the second-highest single-season total of his career. He is coming off a three-year contract that paid him an average annual value of $3 million.

Jokinen spent his first full year with the Penguins this past season after being dealt to the team at the 2013 trade deadline by the Carolina Hurricanes. He has also spent time with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning over his 10-year NHL career.

The 31-year-old forward has 149 goals and 265 assists for 414 points over 660 career games in the NHL.

Jokinen, a native of Finland, was drafted by Dallas in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He has represented Finland on the international stage on numerous occasions, most recently winning bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Florida would also add forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year deal worth an average annual value of $1.2 million.

The Panthers also signed centre Derek MacKenzie to a contract. The 33-year-old scored nine goals and added nine assists in 71 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013-2014.

The Panthers added another veteran later in the day, signing defenceman Willie Mitchell to a two-year, $8.5 million contract.
Dave Bolland (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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