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Predators Ink Jokinen to 1-Year Deal

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Center Olli Jokinen has signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Nashville Predators. The 35-year-old played in all 82 games for Winnipeg last season, scoring 18 goals while tallying 43 points.

"Olli Jokinen is a proven veteran center who will provide us with size, leadership and offensive ability in the tough Central Division and Western Conference," Predators general manager David Poile said in a team release." He provides our coaching staff with more depth and options at the forward position and coach [Peter] Laviolette believes he is a good fit for our style of play."

Jokinen has played 16 NHL seasons split between the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets.

In 2003 Jokinen was named an All-Star and is a seven-time 20-goal scorer.

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