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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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Penguins Trade Winger James Neal to the Predators

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins overhaul continues as they’ve traded winger James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

Neal had been with the Penguins since 2011, and was a major offensive weapon for the team the past few seasons.

In 59 games this season, Neal scored 27 goals and had 61 total points.

“In this deal, we got to drop our cap a little bit with Hornqvist,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “We like Hornqvist as an all-around player. Hornqvist plays at the net, goes to the net, works the corners. We like his all-around play.”

Hornqvist had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season. Spaling had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.

After a disappointing end to their season, the Penguins shook up their team by firing general manger Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

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Lost Purse Holder

The NHL lockout has come to an end a mere 113 days after the disagreement between NHL owners and players started. Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher plays for the Nashville Predators hockey team and while Underwood will enjoy watching her husband hit the ice again, she won’t get to spend as much time with him. […]