Panthers get Sam Reinhart under contract; inks 3 year-deal worth $19.5M

Panthers get Reinhart deal done.

Sam Reinhart contract
Jan 4, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Sam Reinhart (23) brings the puck up ice as Florida Panthers center Brian Boyle (9) tries to defend during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers on Wednesday announced a 3-year contract worth $19.5 million with Sam Reinhart. His AAV comes out to $6.5M against the cap.

Reinhart, 25, was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on July 24th in exchange for goaltender Devon Levi and a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

“Sam is a gifted and versatile talent that will play a key role for our team in the coming seasons,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. “One of several players to commit to our organization with a multiyear contract this offseason, we are excited to see how these players come together and continue to build a foundation for success in South Florida.”

Panthers avoid arbitration; sign Reinhart

The pending restricted free agent was coming off a season in which he led the Sabres in goals (25) and points (40). Reinhart’s goal total matched a career high, initially set during the 2017-18 season.

He has recorded 295 points (134 goals, 161 assists) in 454 career games since being selected by the Sabres with the second overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Both sides were able to avoid an arbitration hearing with this new deal.

“It’s very exciting, to say the least,” Reinhart said after the trade. “… I’ve been in contact with a bunch of guys already, coaches, I’m absolutely thrilled and motivated to come to a group that’s hungry, trying to make it to the next step. They have, in my mind, the most motivated player coming into an organization like that that’s trying to make that next step and win some meaningful games.”

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The Panthers will look to extend Aleksander Barkov in the near future.