Jovanovski had three goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Panthers last season, in his second stint in Florida. The veteran defenceman began his career with the Panthers and was the first overall draft pick by the Panthers in the 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Jovanovski spent three seasons with the Panthers and took Florida to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals before he was traded in a blockbuster deal to Vancouver, that saw Pavel Bure move to south Florida. Jovanovski went on to play seven seasons in Florida and five seasons in Phoenix before returning to Florida at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
Jovanovski was also a member of the Canadian blueline at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, where Canada won Olympic gold.
The Panthers had no captain last season. Prior to last year, defenceman Bryan McCabe was their captain for two years. McCabe has since retired after playing 19 games last season with the New York Rangers.