Jokinen signs with Panthers - 07-01-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Evgeni Malkin will need a complete set of new wingers for next season.

A few days after seeing the Penguins trade away James Neal, Malkin's other wing, Jussi Jokinen, has signed a four-year contract worth a total of 16 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $4 million.

Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3 million, Jokinen, 31, appeared in 81 games last season and and scored 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists).

In 91 career regular season games for the Penguins, Jokinen scored 68 points.

EN Says: Given Jim Rutherfords history with Jokinen - he signed Jokinen to a three-year contract in 2011 and mostly saw him underachieve with the Hurricanes - it's not hard to see why Rutherford displayed little interest in re-signing him with the Penguins.

This is a contract which has "Sean Bergenheim" written all over it. Bergenheim signed a big contract with the Panthers after a strong 2011 playoff season and mostly underachieved, thanks in part due to injuries. Jokinen has a lot of skill and is a pretty intelligent player who came through with a solid amount of production in the postseason but a lot of his success this past regular season was thanks in part to playing with Malkin and Neal. It's hard to see him having that same type of success with the Panthers.

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