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Bobrovsky agrees to seven-year contract with Panthers

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Bobrovsky signs with the Panthers

Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers agree to seven-year deal

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky agrees to a seven-year contract with the Florida Panthers

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Sergei Bobrovsky agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Financial terms were not released.

"I am very excited to join the Panthers organization," Bobrovsky said. "It's a big day for me and my family. I am looking forward to performing for Panthers fans. I want to thank owner Vincent Viola, president Matt Caldwell, [general manager] Dale Tallon and coach [Joel Quenneville] for trusting me and giving me an opportunity to win the Cup with them in South Florida. I can't wait to put the Panthers uniform on and start winning."

The 30-year-old goalie went 37-24-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and an NHL-leading nine shutouts in 62 games (61 starts) with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. He is their all-time leader in wins (213) and shutouts (33), and won the Vezina Trophy, voted as the best goalie in the NHL, twice in his seven seasons with Columbus (2012-13, 2016-17).

Bobrovsky helped the Blue Jackets sweep the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2019 Eastern Conference First Round, the first Stanley Cup Playoff series win by Columbus, before losing to the Boston Bruins in six games in the second round.

"He gives you a chance to win every night," Tallon said. "He's durable, and he's a very good player. He's a student of the game. Nobody works harder. So it'll be interesting to see guys like [center Aleksander] Barkov and Bobrovsky working off the ice like that. It will be a great example for our young players to follow."

Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers as an undrafted free agent May 6, 2010, Bobrovsky is 255-153-37 with a 2.46 GAA, a .919 save percentage and 33 shutouts in 457 games (447 starts) with the Flyers and Blue Jackets. He is 11-18 with a 3.14 GAA and .902 save percentage in 34 NHL playoff games.

Tallon said the Panthers attempted to sign forward Artemi Panarin, Bobrovsky's teammate with the Blue Jackets who signed a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with the Rangers.

"We were hot after both of them together, and it was getting close and close, and when it looked like it might not come together (on Panarin), we decided that we would go in a different direction and get more balance to our team and address some of the needs that made our team better overall," Tallon said. "Not that he wouldn't have made a big difference, but we needed defense, we needed lots of things -- goaltending, D and we needed depth. We needed a lot more depth on our team, and that was the way we decided to go once we felt it might not work out. We're very happy."

Florida also agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Stralman (three-year contract) and forwards Brett Connolly (four years) and Noel Acciari (three years). Financial terms were not released.

Stralman has 242 points (47 goals, 195 assists) in 795 games with the Lightning, Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. The 32-year-old had two goals and 15 assists in 47 games for the Lightning last season but missed the playoffs with a lower-body injury.

Connolly has 155 points (79 goals, 76 assists) in 427 games with the Lightning, Bruins and Washington Capitals. The 27-year-old had NHL career highs in goals (22), assists (24) and points (46) for Washington last season. 

Acciari has 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) in 180 NHL games, all with the Bruins. The 27-year-old had 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 72 games last season and two goals and two assists in 19 playoff games. correspondent Alain Poupart contributed to this report


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