The Nashville Predators signed free agent forward Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, the team announced Wednesday.

"Olli Jokinen is a proven veteran center who will provide us with size, leadership and offensive ability in the tough Central Division and Western Conference," general manager David Poile said in a statement. "He provides our coaching staff with more depth and options at the forward position."

Jokinen, 35, has amassed 740 points (317 goals, 423 assists) and 1,043 penalty minutes in 1,169 NHL games with Los Angeles, the New York Islanders, Florida, Phoenix, Calgary (two stints), New York Rangers and Winnipeg since 1997.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound center is a seven-time 20-goal scorer, four-time 30-goal scorer, and five-time 60-point getter, tallying career highs in both goals (36) and points (91) with the Panthers in 2006-07. Appearing in all 82 games for the Jets in 2013-14, Jokinen amassed 18 goals, 43 points and 62 penalty minutes.