Duclair signs three-year contract to stay with Panthers


Anthony Duclair signed a three-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old forward could have become a restricted free agent July 28. He scored 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 43 regular-season games and no points in a six-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup First Round.

“Anthony brought great speed and skill to our club this season,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said. “We look forward to seeing him continue to be a creative playmaker for us on the ice and a valuable member of our community. We are thrilled to have him as a part of the Panthers family for years to come.”

Selected by the New York Rangers in the third round (No. 80) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Duclair has scored 194 points (89 goals, 105 assists) in 396 regular-season games with the Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes and Rangers.

Defenseman Gustav Forsling signed a three-year contract on Thursday to stay with the Panthers and avoided becoming a restricted free agent.

Florida also bought out the final two seasons of Keith Yandle’s contract. The 34-year-old defenseman will be able to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent July 28.

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