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Gudbranson, Panthers agree on two-year contract

Thursday, 07.10.2014 / 11:36 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Gudbranson, Panthers agree on two-year contract
Erik Gudbranson agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Financial details of the contract were not released.

Defenseman Erik Gudbranson agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Financial details were not released.

Erik Gudbranson
Defense - FLA
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 92 | +/-: -7
"Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed," general manager Dale Tallon told the Panthers website. "He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development and his contributions to the South Florida community."

Gudbranson, a restricted free agent, had three goals and nine points in 65 games averaging 17:58 of ice time. He led the Panthers with 158 hits and was fifth with 91 blocked shots. He had one goal and a plus-7 rating in eight games with Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

The third pick of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Panthers, the 22-year-old has five goals, 21 points and 239 penalty minutes in 169 NHL games, all with Florida.

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