The Florida Panthers took care of one of their outstanding restricted free agents before the July 1st deadline on Monday, as they re-signed forward Jack Skille to a 2-year deal, reportedly worth $1.65 million, an $825,000 cap hit per year.
Skille was acquired by the Panthers from Chicago around the trade deadline and he managed to get into a fair number of games between the two teams in 2011. In 62 appearances, Skille finished with 8 goals and 11 assists, finally drawing into the top 500 in pool scoring. Of course, that's still a long ways from being pool worthy, but there is some faith being shown by Panthers' management, stemming back to Dale Tallon's days in Chicago, so he might be up for good in 2012.
Skille is only the fifth forward signed onto the team going forward, one of 10 players signed for the 2012 season. Currently, the Panthers continue to have the lowest projected cap hit of all 30 teams, sitting at only $17.3 million.