The Florida Panthers have re-signed winger Vincent Trocheck to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Sunday. Though the team did not announce the terms of the agreement, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the deal carries an AAV of $4.75 million.
“Vincent played an important role in our success last season and will be a prominent part of the Panthers for years to come,” general manager Tom Rowe said. “He is another important piece of our talented young core of players.”
Trocheck was a revelation for the club last season, skating on a line with Reilly Smith and Jussi Jokinen. He put up 25 goals and 50 assists, and showed improvements to the defensive side of his game. It was his first full NHL season, but it blew away what he’d done in partial seasons the two previous years, even if his shooting percentage might have skewed high, boosting his counting numbers.
Getting Trocheck locked in long-term is just another step in a tourbillion of activity for Rowe this offseason. He had already signed Aaron Ekblad to an eight-year extension, and the team also announced the re-signing of Reilly Smith on Sunday. He’s been put on a five-year extension carrying a $5 million AAV.
On a conference call Sunday, Rowe said that the team is basically done making moves. They hope to enter camp giving guys like Connor Brickley, Kyle Rau and Logan Shaw the opportunity to earn a roster spot. Outside of that Rowe also noted that they’re close to signing center Derek MacKenzie to a contract extension. They’re “working on minor details here and there,” Rowe said. “He’s definitely going to be with us.”
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