SUNRISE, Fla – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with G Mike McKenna on a two-year, two-way contract. In addition the club also announced that F Shane Harper and D Sena Acolatse have both agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract.
“The signing of these three players adds further depth to our organization,” said Tallon.
“McKenna is an experienced goalie who helped lead Portland to the playoffs last season, Harper is a skilled player who ranked third in the AHL in scoring last year and Acolatse is a young, physical, hard-working defenseman who can contribute at both ends of the ice.”
McKenna, 32, spent the 2014-15 season with the Portland Pirates (AHL), registering a 27-18-6 record with a 2.24 goals against average, .926 save percentage and seven shutouts. McKenna has played in 332 American Hockey League games, registering a 159-131-20 career record, 2.73 goals against average, .913 save percentage and 22 shutouts.
McKenna has played in 22 National Hockey League games for Arizona (2014-2015), Columbus (2013-2014), New Jersey (2010-2011) and Tampa Bay (2008-2009). The St. Louis, MO native was selected by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.
Harper, 26, played 75 games for the Chicago Wolves (AHL) during the 2014-15 season, leading the club in goals (32) and points (50). Harper’s 32 goals ranked him third in the AHL. The Valencia, CA native has played in 281 career AHL games, recording 124 points (65-59—124).
Acolatse, 24, played 38 games with the Adirondack Flames (AHL) during the 2014-15 season, recording six goals, 13 assists and 68 penalty minutes. Acolatse has played 195 career AHL games, recording 78 points (23-55—78) and 285 penalty minutes.
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