May 24, 2022

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Panthers | Anthony Duclair and Gustav Forsling rest, part of Keith Andley

Panthers |  Anthony Duclair and Gustav Forsling rest, part of Keith Andley

The Florida Panthers bought the contract of leading defenseman Keith Andle on Thursday before granting three-season contracts to forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Gustav Forceling.

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Associated Press

According to various sources, Duclair has agreed to a deal worth a total of $ 9 million.

In his first season with the Panthers in 2021, the 25-year-old Cuban scored 32 points in 43 games, including 10 games. He led the team with a defensive ratio of +27 to a career-high individual.

In 396 games with six different teams in the NHL from the 2014-2015 season, Duclear scored 194 points, including 89 goals.

Duclair brought a lot of speed and skill to the team last season, General Manager Bill Zito said in a press release.

In the case of Forceling, he put his name at the bottom of a deal that could bring in 8 million according to various sources, a season later he scored 17 points in 43 games, including five goals. He set personal highs in goals, assists, points and defensive ratios (+17).

The 25-year-old Swede, who played his first three NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks between 2016 and 2019, scored 44 points in 165 NHL games, including 13 goals.

Now 34, Andley is on contract for another two seasons, with an average annual salary of 6.35 million. The acquisition will save the Panthers 4 million next season and just under 1 million in 2022-2023. The maneuver will have an additional cost of $ 1.2 million in 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

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Keith Andley

With 922 games in a row to his name, Andley has the longest active streak of its kind in the NHL. He only needs 42 to equal Doug Jarvis’s record, the former center for the Montreal Canadians.

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Andley lost half of the team’s games in the first round of the final series, but the series was limited to games played in the regular season.

Andle, who has become an unrestricted free agent, could sign another team by July 28.

By purchasing Andle’s contract, the Panthers will be able to defend another player for the Seattle Kraken expansion framework. Teams must submit their defense list by Saturday.

Boston resident Andley has appeared in 1,032 regular season games and 58 playoff games with the Phoenix / Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers and Panthers.

He began his NHL career in 2006.