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."
"Tim is a proven winner who we are pleased to have signed," general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "He is a fierce competitor who brings to our club a wealth of experience including a Stanley Cup Championship, two Vezina trophies and a Conn Smythe. He is a hardworking, driven and dedicated individual who will help our club achieve future success."
Thomas, 39, participated in Florida's training camp on a tryout basis, but he has not been allowed to suit up in a preseason game. He is returning to the NHL after sitting out the 2012-13 season, the last on a four-year contract with the Boston Bruins.
VANCOUVER -- Derek Stepan is coming back to the New York Rangers after the two sides agreed Thursday on a two-year contract reportedly worth $6.15 million. The 23-year-old center said in a conference call that the offer from the Rangers was made on Monday and that he accepted the terms on Wednesday after missing much of new coach Alain Vigneault’s first training camp.
"There's no question in my mind I didn't want [talks] to go that long," Stepan said. "I don't think either side expected it to go that long. Tough year, cap went down quite a bit, it's unfortunate. At the same time, both sides handled it as best we could."
The deal, according to reports, is worth $2 million.
Franson, a restricted free agent, had been sitting out of training camp. The one-year contract allows Franson, 26, to be eligible for salary arbitration next summer. He declined to file for salary arbitration during this past summer.
Cowen, a restricted free agent who missed the start of camp, agreed to terms on a four-year contract Saturday, the team announced. The deal carries an average annual value of $3.1 million.
"You go through a hard negotiation and things are said, but we obviously love this guy as a player, as a person; he's what we want," assistant general manager Tim Murray told the team's website. "He's kind of a poster boy of what we want here. He works extremely hard, he's low-maintenance, he plays hard, he competes, we love him as a player. I'm just happy it's over and I hope he's as happy as we are."
ST. LOUIS -- The Alex Pietrangelo contract dispute with the St. Louis Blues didn't last very long into training camp. The sides wanted a deal done as quickly as possible, and it came to fruition Friday.
The Blues' top-end defenseman signed a seven-year contract worth $45.5 million ($6.5 million per season).
"Really excited to be a part of Blues organization for the next 7 years," Pietrangelo wrote on his verified Twitter account (@apetro_27). "Excited for the opportunity."
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After finishing last season in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes anticipated an uphill climb to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It became a more difficult task earlier this week when the team announced defenseman Joni Pitkanen is out for the entire upcoming season.
So the Hurricanes struck quickly Thursday, signing free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey to a one-year, $2 million contract. Hainsey finished last season with no goals and 13 assists for the Winnipeg Jets.
"Hainsey was a guy we liked coming into free agency and we wanted him to come here," Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We were trying to make it work, so we are thankful for him being patient."
SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed Wednesday morning he had inquired about bringing veteran goalies Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov and Jose Theodore to training camp on a tryout basis.
Tallon said he had not gotten a positive response from any of the three.
"Obviously if there's anything happening, we'd like to have it sooner [rather] than later," Tallon said. "There's really no time limit, just sooner would be better. We're doing our homework. We're investigating. We'll do what's best for everyone involved."
Nazem Kadri's two-year contract that he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday is further proof that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin changed the trend in the NHL last season by holding firm in negotiations and eventually signing defenseman P.K. Subban to a two-year contract that has become commonly known as a bridge contract.
Prior to Subban signing his contract worth $5.75 million, young players coming off entry-level contracts like Drew Doughty, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Jeff Skinner and Tyler Seguin received long-term lucrative contracts despite not holding much in the way of leverage over their teams.
At the time there was a growing concern among executives around the NHL that these deals were proof that the second contract, typically the "show-me contract," was being wiped out of the League.
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