Predators Sign Olli Jokinen

Jokinen Practice
Olli Jokinen returns to Winnipeg Jets practice after picking up a Bronze Medal at the Sochi Olympics. Photo via the Winnipeg Jets Facebook page.

(Olli Jokinen returns to Winnipeg Jets practice after picking up a Bronze Medal at the Sochi Olympics. Photo via the Winnipeg Jets Facebook page.)

Looking for an upgrade at center ice, the Nashville Predators may have found one on the cheap in 35-year-old Olli Jokinen, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract today to join the club.

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?

4 thoughts on “Predators Sign Olli Jokinen”

  1. Saw this just a minute ago from Jim Diamond. He’s not mincing words that’s for sure:

  2. Here are a couple of other signings I missed yesterday and into today: The New York Islanders signed former Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. Former Wisconsin Badgers forward Jack Skille is also headed to the Isles.

    Enforcers John Scott and Stu Bickel each have new teams. Bickel is in Minnesota, while Scott is heading to San Jose. Big center Cody McCormick is returning to Buffalo from the Wild.

    Defenseman Kyle Quincey resigned in Detroit, while Macel Goc did the same in Pittsburgh. Jiri Tlusty is back with Carolina and Peter Regin is back with Chicago. Steve Bernier is back with the Devils.

    Goaltender Joey MacDonald signed in Montreal and longtime NHL veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is now in Tampa Bay. Former Milwaukee Admirals and Nashville Predators goaltender Anders Lindback is off to Dallas to become it’s new backup netminder.

    Forward Chris Conner is going to Washington, while Jesse Winchester signed with Colorado. Defenseman Clayton Stoner signed with the Ducks, Mike Kostka with the New York Rangers and Keith Aulie with Edmonton.

    A couple of significant AHLers also have new teams that I missed yesterday. Former Milwaukee Admirals goaltender Drew MacIntyre signed with Carolina, while Jeremy Smith signed with Boston. Fellow AHL goalie Jason LaBarbera signed with Anaheim. Forward Adam Cracknell signed with Los Angeles, while Kevin Porter signed with Detroit.

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