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Panthers sign Ryan Whitney

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 11:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Panthers sign Ryan Whitney
Multiple media outlets reported Sunday night that the Florida Panthers have signed free agent defenseman Ryan Whitney to a one-year contract.

It appears the Florida Panthers aren't done bolstering their lineup before Opening Night.

Multiple media outlets reported Sunday night that the Panthers have signed free-agent defenseman Ryan Whitney to a one-year contract. TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting the deal is worth $900,000.

Whitney confirmed the signing, but terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the team.

"Very excited and honored to sign a contract with @FlaPanthers," Whitney said via his Twitter account (@ryanwhitney6). "Can't wait for season to start."

Whitney, 30, was released from his tryout with the St. Louis Blues on Friday. He spent the past 3 1/2 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and had four goals and nine assists in 34 games last season.

In 474 games with Edmonton, Anaheim and Pittsburgh, the Boston native has 50 goals, 209 assists and 377 penalty minutes. Whitney was the Penguins' first-round pick (No. 5) at the 2002 NHL Draft.

Florida opens its regular season on Thursday against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

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