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Florida Panthers Have Signed UFA Anthony Duclair

Anthony Duclair has signed a one-year $1.7 million contract with the Florida Panthers. This is another show-me contract for the UFA.

It was a matter of time before he landed somewhere. It’s Florida, as the Panthers are the team that decided to deal directly with forward Anthony Duclair and take a flyer on the skilled UFA, signing him to a one-year, $1.7 million contract on Thursday.

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The number is far less than most anticipated Duclair might get and certainly less than he probably wanted. That said, as the market proved forwards weren’t getting paid what they assumed the free agency would bare in a flat cap era, Duclair was in a tough spot. He had a good year, but also had a reputation for being a bit difficult, he reportedly walked away from a better off from the Ottawa Senators and he was representing himself without an agent, hoping to knock it out of the park.

The $1.7MM contract is essentially another “show me” deal in the hopes he has a big year with the Panthers and makes himself more valuable next offseason. Duclair will likely get time in a top-six role in an attempt to replace some of Mike Hoffman’s offense.

Panthers Continue to Make Changes

Panthers GM Bill Zito has drastically changed the face of the Panthers with some of his offseason additions. Not only is he a new GM, but he’s brought in players like Alexander Wennberg and Markus Nutivaara (he had history with them as part of the Columbus Blue Jackets). Duclair is the latest to be added to that list of former Columbus players now in Florida.

Zito explained his decision to bring Duclair to Florida in a statement:

Anthony is a dynamic and highly skilled player who is capable of being a dependable offensive contributor for our team. He possesses tremendous speed and goal scoring ability and earned an opportunity to be named an NHL All-Star last season. We’re excited to welcome Anthony and look forward to what he can add to our team.

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  1. Michael Zack

    December 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    All the market could bare?!!!!!!!. Are there no editors anymore? Spellcheck doesn’t correct mistakes in grammer. There and their, they’re not the same

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