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NHL: Florida Panthers Lock Up Jonathan Huberdeau

The Florida Panthers locked up another member of their young core Tuesday with forward Jonathan Huberdeau putting pen to paper on a six-year extension worth approximately $35.4 million, or $5.9 million per season, through 2022-23.

The 23-year-old Huberdeau earns $3.25 million this season, the final of his rookie contract, with the new deal kicking in next season. He also reportedly gets a no-move clause in the middle of the deal for three years.

Huberdeau set career highs with 20 goals, 59 points and a plus-17 rating in 76 games last season, playing mostly with Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov. He has 58 goals and 114 assists in 272 career NHL games.

Barkov (signed through 2022) signed a similar deal last season. The Panthers also signed defenseman Aaron Ekblad ( through 2025), center Vincent Trocheck (2022), forward Nick Bjugstad (2022) and winger Reilly Smith (2022) to long-term deals recently, locking up a talented core from which to build. All are 25 or younger.

“There’s a core of players here that know — we’ve given you great teammates, we’re going to add people as the opportunities arise but it’s up to you guys to come together as a team and win multiple Stanley Cups and that’s the plan,” Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu told Yahoo Sports in July.

The up-and-coming Panthers won the Atlantic Division last season with 103 points

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