"I'm honored and humbled that that the Panthers were willing to do this," Jokinen said. "When I got traded from here in 2008, I had it in the back of my head that I wanted to come back to Florida and play my last year in Florida. Obviously, it didn't happen, but it ended up happening this way. It's been a great day. I'm finally officially leaving the game behind as a player."
"We've got 24 games to go," Jokinen said. "If we do our jobs, there is a possibility Richard's going to play with us and join the team in the playoffs. The doctors say six to eight weeks. ... There's a possibility he could play this year. So every game now it's going to be big, big for us."