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Coyotes Acquire Jokinen From Panthers for Ballard, Boynton and Second Round Pick

Friday, Jun. 20th, 2008

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Olli Jokinen from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton and a second round pick (49th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Jokinen, 29, recorded 34-37-71 and 67 penalty minutes (PIM) in 82 games played with the Panthers last season. He led the team in goals (34), assists (37), points (71), power play goals (18) and shots (341). He also ranked 3rd in the NHL in power play goals (18) and shots (341).

Jokinen, who appeared in 567 career games with Florida, is the franchise’s all-time leader in goals (188), assists (231), points (419), game-winning goals (36) and shots (1,841). A native of Kuopio, Finland, Jokinen spent four seasons as captain of the Panthers.

In 2006-07, he registered career-highs in goals (39), assists (52) and points (91) to rank 14th in the NHL in scoring and was one of only three NHL players to record three hat tricks during the season. Jokinen represented Florida at the 2003 NHL All-Star Game.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Jokinen was acquired by Florida on June 24, 2000 and was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings with the third overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. In 723 career NHL games with the Kings, Islanders and Panthers, Jokinen has recorded 208-253-461.

Jokinen has represented Finland in international competition numerous times, including the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.

Ballard, 25, recorded 6-15-21 and 85 PIM in 82 games with the Coyotes last season. In 233 career games with the Coyotes, Ballard registered 19-68-87 and 243 PIM. Ballard was acquired by Phoenix in a trade with Colorado on July 3, 2003.

Boynton, 29, recorded 3-9-12 and 125 PIM in 79 games with the Coyotes this season. Boynton was acquired by Phoenix in a trade with Boston on June 26, 2006. In 437 career NHL games with the Bruins and Coyotes, he has recorded 27-80-107 and 660 PIM. In two seasons with Phoenix, Boynton collected 5-18-23 and 263 PIM in 138 games.



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