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Nashville Predators sign Olli Jokinen to one-year, $2.5 million deal

Nashville Predators sign Olli Jokinen to one-year, $2.5 million deal Photo: Jonathan Kozub/NHL/Getty Images

The Nashville Predators have signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, the team announced Wednesday.

The veteran center spent the last two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, earning 43 points in the 2013-14 season while appearing in all 82 of the team's games.

The Predators mark the eighth team Jokinen has played for in his 16-year career, in which he has amassed 317 goals and 423 assists.

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Earlier this year Jokinen was a part of the bronze medal-winning Finnish team at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and captained Finland to a second-place finish at the ice hockey world championships in May.

Jokinen will be joined in Nashville by winger James Neal, who was traded to the Predators last week from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

-Brendan Maloy

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