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RFA Jussi Jokinen Signs for Two

Monday, 06.29.2009 / 4:55 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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RFA Jussi Jokinen Signs for Two
It seems the Hurricanes have finally had some luck with their free agents.

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The Hurricanes and restricted free agent Jussi Jokinen have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract worth an average of $1.7 million per season. Despite his extremely successful playoffs (11 points in 18 games) his annual cap hit will actually go down slightly from the two-year contract he signed with Dallas prior to the 2007-08 season.

“Jussi was a good addition to our team last season, and he really stepped into his role in the playoffs,” General Manager Jim Rutherford said in a release. “His ability to contribute on the power play and penalty kill, and his versatility at different forward positions makes him a valuable player.”

In addition to his ability to play in any situation in practially any area of the ice, Jokinen also carries the reputation as one of the most feared shootout specialists in the league.  At just 26 years of age, he’s still quite young and is confident he can improve upon last season’s play and reproduce his 55-point rookie campaign with the Stars from 2005-06

“I still feel I have another level, and I’ll word hard over the summer to still be a better player than I was this year,” he said at his exit interview with the media on May 28.

Although he scored seven playoff goals this past spring – the same amount that he had in 71 regular season games – he’s best known for three in particular. His tallies against New Jersey (the winner with 0.2 seconds left in Game 4 and the equalizer with 1:20 left in Game 7) and Boston (overtime winner in Game 3) were surely some of the most exciting moments in the team’s playoff history.

Jokinen is the first player signing of the summer for Carolina, which still has unrestricted free agents Erik Cole and Chad LaRose and restricted free agents Anton Babchuk and Tuomo Ruutu at the top of the to-do list.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72