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Panthers retain Jokinen, Kozlov

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Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - The Florida re-signed forwards and to one-year contracts Wednesday. Financial terms of the deals were not released. "Obviously, Olli and Viktor were our top players last year and it's nice to have them back in the fold," said general manager Rick Dudley. "They're both wonderfully talented athletes and having those two pieces back in place, all of a sudden, it's easy to get very excited about our team." Jokinen was the leading scorer for the last season, registering 36 goals and 29 assists in 81 games. The 24-year-old from Finland, who led Florida in multiple offensive categories in 2002-03, notched a goal and three assists in the All-Star Game, played on his home ice. For his career, Jokinen has accumulated 71 goals and 81 assists in six seasons with the , and . Florida acquired the centerman from New York along with netminder for wingers and in the summer of 2000. The 28-year-old Kozlov posted 22 goals and 34 assists last season. Through parts of six NHL campaigns with Florida, Kozlov has registered 90 goals and 264 points. The obtained Kozlov, a two-time All-Star, during the 1997-98 season from the San Jose . In 540 career contests, the nine-year NHL veteran has totaled 119 goals and 214 assists with the and . He was also selected to play for Team Russia in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, but an abdominal injury forced the Togliatti, Russia native to sit out.

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