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Ballard reaches 6-year deal with Panthers @NHL

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard agreed to a six-year contract extension on Tuesday.

Ballard was acquired by the Panthers in June from Phoenix in exchange for former captain Olli Jokinen. The 25-year-old has appeared in 233 NHL games, all with the Coyotes.

The extension starts with the 2009-10 season. Terms were not disclosed.

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