Florida's shopping spree continued into Friday evening when the Panthers came to terms with forward Sean Bergenheim
to a four-year contract. TSN says the deal is worth $11 million -- a $2.75 million cap hit.
It's a big salary jump for Bergenheim, who signed with Tampa Bay last summer for $700,000 after spending his first five NHL seasons with the New York Islanders
, who had taken him in the first round of the 2002 Entry Draft.
The 27-year-old Finn scored 14 goals and a career-best 29 points in 80 regular-season games for the Lightning, then added 9 goals and 11 points to help Tampa Bay reach Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.
In 326 regular-season games, he has 54 goals and 109 points. His single-season high for goals is 15 with the Islanders in 2008-09.
Bergenheim is the sixth unrestricted free agent signed by the Panthers on the opening day of free agency, joining goaltender Jose Theodore
, defenseman Ed Jovanovski
and forwards Tomas Fleischmann
, Scottie Upshall
and Marcel Goc