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Olli Jokinen to make Maple Leafs debut Tuesday vs. Panthers

Bruce Fedyck / USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the so-called center of the hockey universe, Olli Jokinen.

The recently-acquired center will make his debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers, the club announced.

Part of a four-player deal that saw Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli shipped off to Nashville, Jokinen - who was reportedly displeased about the move - recorded three goals and three assists in 48 games prior to the trade.

The 36-year-old, who is an unrestricted free agent at season's end, may be motivated to produce in blue and white with a view to being flipped prior to the deadline.

Jokinen is expected to start the game between David Clarkson and Leo Komarov.

Drafted third overall by Los Angeles in 1997, he has scored 320 goals and added 426 assists in 1217 career games.


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