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Panthers ink Jussi Jokinen: four years, $16M

Jul 1, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers have made their first major foray into free agency, signing former Pittsburgh winger Jussi Jokinen to a four-year, $16 million deal.

Jokinen, 31, is coming off a highly successful stint in Pittsburgh, during which he revitalized his career. Acquired at the ’13 deadline from Carolina, Jokinen scored 11 points in 10 games with the Pens last season, then racked up an impressive 21 goals and 57 points in 81 games this season, with another 10 in 13 playoff games.

Florida was in desperate need of some scoring punch up front last season — Nick Bjugstad led the team in points with a mere 38 — so in that regard, Jokinen’s a nice get. He’ll also add a veteran presence to a team that promises to be very young next year, and could link up with fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov on a potential line.

  1. jaybaileys - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Good luck Potatoes we will miss you in the Burgh!

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    good deal for the Panthers. I would really like them to step it up and make the playoffs soon so hopefully Jussi is the start

  3. calden99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Gonna miss him in Pittsburgh. We will
    Have to see how he does with out Malkin

  4. lammy5555 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Jokinen better give about half of that to Malkin.

    • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      415 pts in 660 career games didnt happen with malkin alone.

  5. ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Pouliot, Ehrhoff, Michalek, Jokinen all signed to 4mil cap hits today. I think this one’s the best signing of all 4, with Ehrhoff close behind. Ahhhh the benefits of having TWO superstars on one team… people want to play with them.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      oh, except that it says panthers. i thought he just signed with the Pens again. theory: shot down.

  6. c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    this contract is spot on. i would have tried to sign him for 3.5 for 6 or 7 years here in Pitt…im a big fan of his. but thats a good contract for florida who also just signed Bolland and they are a lot better now than they were a half hour ago

  7. hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Talented, classy guy. Will miss him, but $4M is a great deal (for him, ‘eh’ for the panthers). He’ll be a great example for the kids.

  8. ravanator - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Jokinen is the happiest man in the world right now. He gets to move out of the oversized trailer park that is Pittsburgh, and now gets to live in sunny Florida. He will also now be playing for a contender not a pretender. Cheers!

    #steelcitymeltdown
    #crosbycoachkiller

    • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      as a Flyers fan, I love the negative sentiment towards Pittsburgh, but I’m finding that nothing you say makes any sense.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      #fuggingqueefwhouseshashtags

      Tweet that, douchebag.

  9. Stiller43 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Holy overpaid

    • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      I think we’re seeing that players will now be paid substantially more than we’re used to. Look who else signed for near that much today. Hell, a 37 year old just got signed for 4.5/year.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Hemsky just signed at 4mil/year too.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      21 goals in the reg season is worth 3-4 million. 7 goals in 13 games in the playoffs earns him every bit of it. throw in the shootout ability, the ability to play all 3 forward positions, two-way responsibility, and the willingness to excel in everything he was asked to do in Pittsburgh….yeah I’d say he earned it. good signing by florida.

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Soooo overpaid. There is reason this guy was on waivers 2 years ago.
    Let’s see what happens when he’s no longer playing with elite talent. He was only worth that in Pittsburgh playing with Malkin or Crosby

  11. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Dave Tallon is a good GM in a “sub-optimal” market. I continue to have doubts that Florida and Phoenix can/will support a team. But with good picks and acquisitions (got Olsen and Hayes from the Hawks while getting rid of Versteeg, significantly improved goaltending) they could actually make the playoffs next year (helped by playing in what was the weakest division in the NHL last year)

    http://sagarin.com/sports/nhlsend.htm

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