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Panthers sign Jussi Jokinen to four-year, $16M deal

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TSN.ca Staff
7/1/2014 12:41:09 PM
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The Florida Panthers have 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.

Jussi Jokinen (Photo: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
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