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Panthers sign Markstrom to two-year deal

Monday, 07.15.2013 / 4:54 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

NHL.com

The Florida Panthers on Monday signed restricted free-agent goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a new two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

A 2008 second-round pick, Markstrom went 8-14-1 in 23 games last season, with a 3.22 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. It was Markstrom's most extensive NHL time, after seeing action in eight games the previous two seasons.

With Jose Theodore an unrestricted free agent, Markstrom will share the net with veteran Scott Clemmensen this season.

Markstrom, 23, was the second young player to sign with the Panthers on Monday. Earlier, the team signed 2013 first-round pick Aleksander Barkov to a three-year, entry-level contract. The expectation is for the Panthers to be a far younger team this season, with Markstrom and Barkov playing big roles as part of that group.

"We're going to go with our young guys," Tallon said during the team's recent rookie camp. "That's been the plan all along and that's the way we're going to go."

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1