RALEIGH – The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the team has agreed to a three-year deal with forward Jussi Jokinen worth $3 million per season.
"Jussi is a player who fit in with our team from day one," said Canes general manager Jim Rutherford in a statement.
Jokinen, 28, was fourth in scoring for the Canes last season with 52 points in 70 games. Jokinen, of Kalajoki, Finland, was third on the team in assists with 33 and second in power-play goals with eight.
Acquired by the Hurricanes from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 7, 2009, Jokinen has scored 50 goals and added 78 assists (128 points) in 176 regular-season games with Carolina.
"I've played my best hockey in the NHL for Carolina," Jokinen said. "My wife and I love living in the area. The organization is great. The fans are great."