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Veteran center Olli Jokinen says he decided to join the Nashville Predators as a free agent because of their new coach's offensive-minded approach.

Peter Laviolette purshed for Nashville to pursue the 35-year-old. "Obviously with the excitement and the passion about the game and ideas of how he (Laviolette) was going to coach this team, that was one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here," Jokinen said. "Speaking with him, I got excited. I wanted to start playing tomorrow." Jokinen has never played for Laviolette, though his best years in Florida came when Laviolette was a divisional foe as the Carolina Hurricanes' coach. "I think playing against his teams, as a player you were like 'I'd love to play for this guy. I'd love to play for his teams,' " Jokinen said. "His teams have always been high-tempo with good skating and they create a lot of chances and a lot of offense. At the same time his teams were hard to play against. They were very organized and stuck with their game plans." Jokinen had 18 goals and 25 assists last season in 82 games with the Jets.

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There is a good chance that Olli Jokinen could be the Predators number one center this upcoming season.

If that should come to pass, he would almost certainly play alongside newly-acquired James Neal which would increase his fantasy value from what it was last season. Nashville GM David Poile alluded to the possiblity of Jokinen skating on the top line. "Arguably you could say we are putting him in a more important position than he has been in the past couple of years," Poile said. Keep an eye on how the Preds use Jokinen in training camp.

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Nashville feels the addition of Olli Jokinen gives them roster flexibility.

GM David Poile envisions using him at center, but he notes that Jokinen can play on the wing as well. He can contribute offensively and he provides leadership. "With all the young players we have here, I think adding that veteran forward presence was the right thing to do," Poile said. "I was in full concert with Peter Laviolette on this decision."

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Olli Jokinen has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Jokinen is far from an ideal choice to serve as a top-line center at this stage of his career, but the 35-year-old was serviceable with the Jets last season. He had 43 points and 62 penalty minutes in 82 games in 2013-14. If the Predators end up putting Jokinen on the same line as James Neal, which is entirely possible given their options, then Jokinen might surpass the 50-point mark.

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Olli Jokinen's agent, Ian Pulver, hasn't heard from the Winnipeg Jets yet.

"I understood we would talk. But it hasn't transpired," Pulver said. "We'll see where it goes. I don't know Winnipeg's plans." Jokinen notched 18 goals and 25 assists in 82 games in 2013-14. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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Olli Jokinen captured a silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship on Sunday.

He served as the team's captain and posted five points in 10 games. Jokinen also won the bronze medal with Finland at the Sochi Olympics. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer after he recorded 18 goals and 43 points in 82 games with Winnipeg this past campaign.

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Olli Jokinen will play for Team Finland in the 2014 World Championship.

Jokinen had two goals and four points in six Olympic games in 2014 to help the team win a bronze medal. He has 19 goals and 41 points in 82 career World Championship games.

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Potential unrestricted free agent Olli Jokinen likes the way he performed in 2013-14.

"I'm happy. I think I was able to bring my game to a level where it needs to be," he said. "I was happy with the role I had. When you get older you want to change your game and you don't necessarily have to get 20-25 minutes of ice time. I was able to move up and down in the lineup and fill my role this year." Now, he's in a wait-and-see mode to see what Winnipeg's management group decides. Jokinen had 18 goals and 43 points in 82 games this past campaign.

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Olli Jokinen lit the lamp for Winnipeg in its 4-2 loss to the Penguins on Thursday night.

Jokinen's goal was his first since March 16, a span of eight games without a marker. The 35-year-old has 17 goals and 41 points this season. Zach Redmond picked up the other goal, his first on the season, which has comprised of six games. Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler and Matt Halischuk had the helpers.

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Olli Jokinen scored the only Winnipeg goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss at the hands of the Kings.

Jokinen's 15th marker of the season opened the scoring near the midway point of the second period, but it was all the Jets could muster as Los Angeles scored the game's next three goals en route to victory. Evander Kane and Mark Stuart drew helpers on the goal.