Panthers re-sign Petrovic — one-year, $1.8 million

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The Florida Panthers announced on Saturday morning that they have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Alex Petrovic to a one-year contract that will pay him $1.8 million.

Petrovic, 25, appeared in 49 games for the Panthers this past season, scoring one goal and adding 13 assists.

“Alex is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons,” said general manager Dale Tallon in a team statement. “He plays the type of hockey that will help us win games and we are pleased to have agreed to terms on a deal with him.”

Petrovic has spent his entire career with the Panthers since being selected by the team in the second-round of the 2010 draft. In 161 career games he has three goals and 32 assists.

He took on a significantly bigger role this past season when he was in the lineup, playing a career high 18 minutes per night, mostly on a pairing with either Michael Matheson or Mark Pysyk.

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