New Nashville Predators center Olli Jokinen met with the media to discuss signing with the club. Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

VIDEO: Olli Jokinen on Signing with the Predators

Nashville Predators center Olli Jokinen met with the media on Saturday to discuss joining the team.

The Predators signed the 35-year-old forward to a one-year contract on July 2. The veteran will add a needed leadership presence to the club and give Nashville another option at either center or on the wing.

Watch the full press conference below: 

Highlights from the time with the Finnish forward: 

-Jokinen explained that talking to Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette before deciding which team he would sign with was a huge help.

-Predators General Manager David Poile said the new period (beginning on June 25) where teams are able to speak with unrestricted free agents prior to July 1 was very helpful in deciding if Jokinen would be a good fit in Nashville.

-The Finnish forward said he talked with Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne about playing in Nashville while both players were participating in the 2014 World Championships.

-Jokinen said he would feel comfortable playing at either center or wing.

-The veteran forward has served in a leadership role in eight of his last 11 seasons in the NHL, but he said claiming the open alternate captain spot with the Predators was not currently a worry.

-Jokinen mentioned that Nashville having Rinne in net and captain Shea Weber on the blue line where important factors in why he wanted to sign with this “really good hockey team.”

 

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