NHL: Panthers extend goalie Spencer Knight, Lightning postpone preseason games

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May 24, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight (30) reacts after making a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers agreed to terms Tuesday with goaltender Spencer Knight on a three-year contract extension.

The deal runs through the 2025-26 season and is worth $13.5 million ($4.5 million per season), per reports.

Knight, 21, went 19-9-3 with a .908 save percentage and 2.79 goals-against average in 32 games last season.

Panthers sign Spencer Knight

“Spencer is a phenomenal goaltender, as well as an exceptional athlete and person,” general manager Bill Zito said in a news release. “He has thrived in his professional career, dedicating himself to his training through his first two seasons with our organization. With this extension, we are excited about the present and future of Panthers goaltending.”

Knight is 23-9-3 with a .909 save percentage, 2.74 GAA and two shutouts since being drafted in the first round (13th overall) out of Boston College in 2019.

Lightning postpone 2 games due to Hurricane Ian

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Jun 20, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period in game three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning postponed two preseason games this week due to Hurricane Ian’s approach toward Tampa.

Ian was a Category 2 storm on Monday evening as it neared Western Cuba. It is expected to make landfall near Tampa sometime Thursday morning.

The Lightning were scheduled to host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday and the Nashville Predators on Thursday for NHL preseason action. It was unclear when or if those games would be made up.

The decision came on the same day that the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they were moving their football operations to Miami for the week and would practice at the Dolphins’ facility. The Bucs are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

–Field Level Media