Reinhart signs three-year contract with Panthers

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Sam Reinhart signed a three-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old forward was traded to the Panthers by the Buffalo Sabres on July 24 for goalie prospect Devon Levi and a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Reinhart led the Sabres in goals (25) and points (40) in 54 games last season.

“Sam is a gifted and versatile talent that will play a key role for our team in the coming seasons,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said. “One of several players to commit to our organization with a multiyear contract this offseason, we are excited to see how these players come together and continue to build a foundation for success in South Florida.”

Selected by Buffalo in the first round (No. 2) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Reinhart has scored 295 points (134 goals, 161 assists) in 454 NHL games.

“It’s very exciting, to say the least,” Reinhart said after the trade. “… I’ve been in contact with a bunch of guys already, coaches, I’m absolutely thrilled and motivated to come to a group that’s hungry, trying to make it to the next step. They have, in my mind, the most motivated player coming into an organization like that that’s trying to make that next step and win some meaningful games.”

The Panthers (37-14-5) finished second in the Discover Central Division last season and lost in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup First Round.

“I’m thrilled about having that opportunity with a group that is expecting to win on any given night,” Reinhart said. “I’m very happy to be able to showcase what I can do in some meaningful games and contribute in any way that I can.”

The Panthers this offseason signed restricted free agent forwards Sam Bennett (four years) and Anthony Duclair (three years), and defensemen Gustav Forsling (three years) and Brandon Montour (three years).

Forward Carter Verhaeghe, who could have become a restricted free agent after the season, signed a three-year contract extension on July 28.

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