The Florida Panthers had one of the busiest days of all NHL teams on the first day of free agency on Tuesday, signing forwards Dave Bolland, Jussi Jokinen, Shawn Thornton and Derek MacKenzie, defenseman Willie Mitchell and goaltender Al Montoya.

"We exceeded expectations," Florida general manager Dale Tallon said. "We identified a number of players and we got 'em all. I've never had that happen before; the guys that we identified were guys that we ended up getting."

Bolland's deal is worth $27.5 million over five years and Jokinen's contract is $16 million over four years. Mitchell and Thornton signed a two-year contracts and MacKenzie inked a three-year pact. Dollar amounts were unavailable, as were Montoya's contract terms.

Bolland was limited to 23 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season after suffering a severed tendon in his left ankle. He finished with eight goals and four assists.

The 28-year-old Bolland rejoins Tallon, who was with the Chicago Blackhawks when Bolland played there.

"Me and Dale go back a while," Bolland told TSN. " ... I'm going to come in there and help some of these young guys out."

Jokinen had 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Montoya logged a 13-8-3 record with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for the Winnipeg Jets last season.

Thornton and MacKenzie figure to slot in on the fourth line.