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Acciari agrees to three-year contract with Panthers

Forward had NHL career-high 14 points for Bruins last season

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Noel Acciari agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Financial terms were not released.

"I thought for myself, personally, going down to Florida seeing what they had planned and who they were bringing in, they had me in this good fit and I feel like I made the right choice," Acciari said. "I've talked to coach [Joel Quenneville] and [general manager Dale Tallon] as well, we had a really good conversation, and they're excited for this season and for me personally, I'm very excited. I'm going to bring a hard game and a good forecheck and finish my checks, [penalty kill], and do all the little things."

 

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The 27-year-old forward had an NHL career-high 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 72 games with the Boston Bruins last season and four points (two goals, two assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping them advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

"Noel is a hard-nosed, reliable, two-way forward who plays the game with an edge," Tallon said. "He possesses great character, playoff experience and adds a consistent physical presence to our lineup. We are thrilled to have agreed to terms with Noel and know that he makes our club deeper and harder to play against."

Signed by Boston as an undrafted free agent on June 8, 2015, after playing four seasons at Providence College, Acciari has 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) in 180 regular-season games and seven points (four goals, three assists) in 35 playoff games.
 

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