The Edmonton Oilers and left winger Jussi Jokinen have agreed on a one-year contract, the team announced on Friday. The deal is worth $1.1 million, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.
Fox Sports Midwest reporter Andy Strickland first reported the news that Jokinen was finalizing a deal to head out to the Western Conference for the first time since the start of his career. The Oilers then announced the signing Friday afternoon.
Jokinen, a 34-year-old forward, was bought out by the Florida Panthers at the end of June as a salary cap casualty. The left winger had a strong 60-point season in 2015-16, but last year injuries and a struggling Panthers team cut his point production by more than half. Jokinen does bring a strong two-way game to the Oilers and can slide in as a middle-six forward.
Edmonton has moved some pieces around this offseason, most notably right winger Jordan Eberle. Jokinen joins free agent signings Ty Rattie and Brad Malone as the Oilers latest moves this offseason.
With the loss of Jokinen on the free agent market, forwards like Jaromir Jagr, Thomas Vanek, and Drew Stafford lead the pack as some of the big names still left.