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It’s now bargain hunting for NHL clubs.

Jussi Jokinen today signed a one year, $1.1 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Jokinen, 34, was bought out on June 30th by the Florida Panthers after a disappointing 28 point performance for the Panthers in 16/17, though, the buy-out was more driven for financial reasons.

Jokinen is just one season removed from a 60 point campaign and could be a strong addition to the Oilers bottom-6, especially with his ability to play wing and center, though, most clubs interested in Jokinen were looking at him as a winger.

With the Penguins having a hole down the middle behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and Jokinen being a former productive Penguin who loved his time in Pittsburgh, in addition to a connection to Jim Rutherford, it would have been an easy fit for the Penguins and Jokinen to embark on a reunion.

Yet, Jokinen potentially returning to Pittsburgh wasn’t something the Penguins were interested in.

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