Florida Panthers lock up franchise center Aleksander Barkov with 8-year, $80 million deal

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The Florida Panthers have secured their franchise center with a blockbuster agreement.

Aleksander Barkov has agreed to an 8-yr, $80 million agreement with the Panthers, a resource informed ESPN on Friday. The the greater part of the agreement consists of signing-bonus money.

It is the biggest deal in complete bucks ever handed out by the Panthers. His $10 million cap hit would be tied for the 10th highest in the league this time.

The 26-yr-outdated from Finland was set to come to be an unrestricted no cost agent soon after the time. He was previously signed to a 6-12 months, $35.4 million agreement.

Barkov is headed into his ninth NHL period. He has 465 points in 529 game titles. Considered 1 of the NHL’s best two-way centers, Barkov received the Selke Trophy as the league’s most effective defensive ahead final time. He also received the Woman Byng Trophy as the NHL’s most gentlemanly participant in 2018-19.

The contract presents the Panthers two players who make at the very least $10 million towards the NHL income cap, alongside with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who signed a 7-year, $70-million absolutely free-agent agreement in 2019. The Panthers join the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks as the only groups to have numerous gamers with a cap strike of $10 million or greater.