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Versteeg signs four-year contract with Panthers

Jul 23, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

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Kris Versteeg and the Florida Panthers have avoided arbitration and agreed to a four-year contract, the club announced today.

TSN is reporting it’s a $17.6 million deal (cap hit $4.4 million).

“Kris played an important role in our club’s success last season and we are pleased to have reached a long-term contract agreement with him,” said Panthers GM Dale Tallon in a release. “He is a skilled player who recorded career highs in goals and points last season, while playing on our top line alongside Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischman. We look forward to his continued offensive production, as well as his off-ice contributions in the South Florida community.”

Versteeg, 26, finished third in Florida scoring with 23 goals and 31 assists in 71 games.

So that’s another RFA that avoids his arbitration date and signs a contract.

The Dale Weise watch continues.

  1. therealjr - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    and looks remarkably like a young Pavel Bure.

    http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/teams/vancouver-canucks/6849470.bin?size=620×400

    • davebabychreturns - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      I was going to say…

  2. DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    That’s certainly good news for the Panthers.

  3. hitem396 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    when is phanters going to be relocated?

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