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Panthers extend Ekblad

From the Miami Herald's George Richards:

The Florida Panthers’ intriguing offseason continued late Thursday night.

On the eve of the free agent market opening up, sources within the team confirmed the Panthers and emerging star Aaron Ekblad came to an agreement on an eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

Ekblad, 20, cannot sign a new deal with Florida until the NHL’s new fiscal year begins Friday at noon. Although Ekblad isn’t expected to formally sign anything Friday because of the opening of the free agency period, he will in the coming days.

The new Ekblad deal will not kick in until the 2017-18 season. Ekblad will be in the final year of the three-year entry-level deal signed after he was the top overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft.

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Great deal, he’s a stud you build around

Posted by bababooey on 07/01/16 at 12:27 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

He’s from Sarnia (or there abouts)....KH better start tanking cause these young d-men that are decent are never going to make UFA.

Posted by d ca on 07/01/16 at 01:36 AM ET

Chet's avatar

look how decisive some GMs are.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/01/16 at 01:58 AM ET

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This is a no-brainer. Best young d-man in league. Future Norris winner one of the kids that will grow and bring a cup to Florida. Now they need to get Vincent Trocheck signed.

Posted by Puckbubba on 07/01/16 at 10:23 AM ET

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