Though Jokinen is no longer the player that scored 38 or more goals and 89 or more points in two consecutive seasons with Florida (2005-2007), he still was an effective player for Winnipeg last season, scoring 18 goals and 43 points. Two years ago he provided 23 goals and 61 points on a woeful Calgary squad.
The Kuopio, Finland native will be entering his 17th NHL season next year, having played for Los Angeles, New York Islanders, Florida, Phoenix, Calgary, New York Rangers and Winnipeg in his career. Interestingly, he’s only played in the playoffs once.
Jokinen marks the first free agent signing this offseason for Predators G.M. David Poile. The question now is will there be more additions on the way.
I think this is a smart, if still quite conservative signing by Nashville. However, my opinion doesn’t seem to be shared all that often as you can see in the Twitter takes below. Any thoughts Roundtable?
— JoshuaCooper (@JoshuaCooper) July 2, 2014
Quick take on OJ deal: Pointless unless it’s a set up move. If there’s more coming, fine. If not, no idea how this makes sense. -JKG
— Cellblock 303 (@Cellblock303) July 2, 2014
This signing makes zero sense and was not smart. #sugarcoating
— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) July 2, 2014