Winnipeg Jets sign free agent forward Olli Jokinen to two-year deal
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets have signed Olli Jokinen to a two-year deal worth US$9 million.
Winnipeg added the veteran Finnish centre Monday on the second day of NHL free agency.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was looking for an upgrade in size among his top-six forwards and feels he found it with the six-foot-three, 210-pound Jokinen.
"He has the size, he's got a tremendous amount of experience, he's had great consistency over the years," said Cheveldayoff during a conference call. "We believe that with adding the size of (free agent Alexei Ponikarovsky) and now Jokinen, we're a much bigger and harder team to play against."
The move represents Winnipeg's biggest signing since free agency opened on Sunday, when they inked forward Ponikarovsky and defenceman Derek Meech.
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