On Saturday afternoon, the Florida Panthers announced that they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Vincent Trocheck, extending his stay with the club for at least another six seasons with his new deal. The deal will be worth $28.5 million in total, which will work out to be a $4.75 million cap hit per season.
It was an excellent 2016 season for the 22-year old American, scoring 25 goals and 53 points in 76 games, establishing himself as one of the go-to guys for the team, when it comes to offense. He finished in the top 100 in overall scoring (91st) and was 64th among all forwards as well.
The Panthers have not been shy in this off-season making moves, which should be good for guys like Trocheck, as some improvements to the team's blueline will help get the puck up to the forwards a bit quicker and the transition offense should come more naturally to these guys. I get the feeling that there is still another level that some of these Panthers players will be able to reach, assuming all goes well in the year. A very exciting time, indeed.
As for their spending, they have been quite responsible for the most part and there will likely be some excess cap space when the season gets started. I have 21 players penciled in for their roster, which currently includes three goalies, coming in at $67.6 million, leaving about $5.4 million to play with.
|Aleksander Barkov||5.900||Keith Yandle||6.350||Roberto Luongo||5.333|
|Vincent Trocheck||4.750||Jason Demers||4.500||James Reimer||3.400|
|Nick Bjugstad||4.100||Alex Petrovic||1.050|
|Jaromir Jagr||4.000||Aaron Ekblad||0.925|
|Dave Bolland||5.500||Jakub Kindl||2.400||Reto Berra||1.450|
|Derek MacKenzie||1.300||Mark Pysyk||1.125|
|Jonathan Marchessault||0.750||Michael Matheson||0.925|
|Jayce Hawryluk||0.925||Ian McCoshen||0.925||Sam Brittain||0.750|
|Lawson Crouse||0.894||Michael Downing||0.820||Samuel Montembeault||0.726|
|Jared McCann||0.894||Linus Hultstrom||0.793||Colin Stevens||0.710|
|Kyle Rau||0.859||Mackenzie Weegar||0.680||Mike McKenna||0.575|
|Dryden Hunt||0.809||Josh Brown||0.658|
|Shawn Thornton||0.750||Steven Kampfer||0.613|
|Juho Lammikko||0.718||Brent Regner||0.600|
Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, injured/retired cap hits, in the system