Player News - Panthers

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The Florida Panthers have officially signed Aaron Ekblad to an eight-year extension.

Florida didn't reveal the financial details of the deal, but if the previous reports are to be believed, then this contract is worth $60 million. "We are very excited to sign Aaron to a multi-year contract," said Panthers GM Tom Rowe. "He is an exceptionally skilled, intelligent and mature young player that is a difference maker for our team both on and off the ice. Aaron is an integral part of the foundation of our future and a cornerstone player who is continuing to develop into a true leader and one of the league’s elite defensemen." As we mentioned before, this contract is a gamble given how relatively inexperienced Ekblad still is, but there's no doubt that he has a ton of upside and he's already shown himself to be a great blueliner. This deal will be a huge headache if Ekblad struggles to live up to expectations, but it could also look like a shrewd move in a few years.
Jul 1 - 4:11 PM

Roberto Luongo (hip) isn't expected to be healthy for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

It's not clear how much time Luongo will miss, but that makes the signing of James Reimer all the more important. Luongo had been playing through the hip injury during the 2015-16 campaign, but kept quiet about it.
Jul 1 - 3:36 PM

Vernon Fiddler has signed a one-year deal worth $1.25 million deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Nice move by the Devils as Fiddler is a great bottom-two center. He will not be a great scorer but he is a good penalty killer as well as very good on the draw. He also will be good in the locker room and that never hurts. Do not take him in fantasy drafts however.
Jul 1 - 12:58 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed winger Jonathan Marchessault to a two-year/$1.5 million contract.

Marchessault was a nice addition to the Tampa Bay Lightning last season and got into 45 games with seven goals and 18 points. Look for similar numbers this season as a bottom six forward so he should not be drafted in fantasy pools at this time.
Jul 1 - 12:51 PM

James Reimer will get $17.5 million over his five year contract.

No terms were announced when he signed but they are available now. Reimer will backup Roberto Luongo and should be taken as a handcuff in drafts for next season.
Jul 1 - 12:42 PM

Colton Sceviour is heading to Florida after signing with the Panthers for two years.

Sceviour will provide depth for the Panthers as a bottom-six forward. He will score 25-30 points and should not be a fantasy asset in pools.
Jul 1 - 12:18 PM

The Florida Panthers have inked goaltender James Reimer to a five year contract.

Reimer will back up Roberto Luongo for now and he could replace the netminder in a few years. For now, Reimer should see action in 30 games or so and should get 15-18 win with good peripherals in fantasy pools. He is worth a pickup to handcuff Luongo.
Jul 1 - 12:13 PM

Aaron Ekblad has reportedly agreed to a eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

There was a previous report that the Panthers were expected to present Ekblad with that offer and it's not surprising that he would take it. That being said he's not eligible to re-sign with Florida until noon ET on Friday, so it will be a little more than an hour before there's a chance to get confirmation of this agreement.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 10:54 AM

The Florida Panthers will reportedly offer Aaron Ekblad an eight-year, $60 million extension.

Ekblad isn't eligible to receive an extension until noon ET on July 1, so that's why it hasn't happened yet. That's a lot of money to throw at a player with 159 games worth of NHL experience, but given what he's already accomplished and his upside, it's possible that locking him up at $7.5 million annually will actually end up saving the Panthers money in the long run.
Jul 1 - 9:01 AM

Greg McKegg has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Florida.

He didn't get a qualifying offer from the Panthers, but the team made it known that they wanted him back. McKegg posted two goals in 15 games with Florida during the 2015-16 season.
Jun 29 - 6:18 PM

The Panthers don't plan to move Nick Bjugstad.

There were reports a couple of weeks ago that trade possibilities were being considered, but it doesn't appear as though he is going anywhere. Bjugstad struggled with injuries last year and recorded just 34 points in 67 games. He will look to get back on track in 2016-17.
Jun 29 - 10:30 AM

Dylan Olsen can test the waters as an unrestricted free agent.

Florida didn't tender him a qualifying offer, so he is free to sign anywhere on July 1. Olsen has made just 124 NHL appearances in his career, including eight in 2015-16.
Jun 28 - 10:14 AM

Greg McKegg didn't get a qualifying offer from Florida, but the team still wants him back for next season.

Panthers GM Tom Rowe said a contract was offered to McKegg after he impressed coach Gerard Gallant during his 15 appearances with the big club in 2015-16. McKegg can become an unrestricted free agent if he doesn't sign with Florida.
Jun 28 - 10:03 AM

Panthers GM Tom Rowe hopes to get Vincent Trocheck signed to a new deal before training camp in September.

"We made another proposal to them the other day, so we'll see what happens," Rowe said. "We want to put together the best team possible; Vinnie's a big part of that, but we also have a budget and salary cap we have to be aware of. We got to make it work for everybody." He received a qualifying offer on Monday to keep his rights, while they negotiate a long-term contract.
Jun 28 - 9:58 AM

At the top of Florida GM Tom Rowe's off-season wish list is an upper-tier free agent right winger.

"We only have a third-line position we need to fill," Rowe said Saturday. "We're targeting a bunch of guys we put together. We'll start calling around the agents, get the interviewing process going, and see if there's interest on the other side and go from there." Loui Eriksson or Kyle Okposo appear to be on the Panthers' radar.
Jun 27 - 9:37 AM


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