Panthers ink Corban Knight, Garrett Wilson

The Florida Panthers announced that they have agreed to one-year, two-way contracts with forwards Corban Knight and Garrett Wilson.

Knight, 24, is a former standout with the University of North Dakota. He went pro in 2013 after the Panthers traded his rights to Calgary in exchange for a 2013 fourth round pick (Michael Downing). He played primarily in the minors over the last two seasons, although he did appear in nine games with the Flames and scored a goal.

Calgary traded him back to Florida in January in exchange for Drew Shore. Knight had 16 goals and 36 points in 58 AHL contests with Adirondack and San Antonio in 2014-15.

Wilson, 24, was taken with the 107th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He had 23 goals, 38 points, and 80 penalty minutes in 71 contests with San Antonio last season. Over the last two seasons, Wilson has also played in five games with Florida.

Trade: Ducks acquire Fleischmann from the Panthers for Heatley and a pick

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The Florida Panthers have dealt forward Tomas Fleischmann to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Dany Heatley and a 2015 third-round pick.

The deal reunites Fleischmann with coach Bruce Boudreau as the two were together in Washington. The pair also won a Calder Cup together with the Hershey Bears in 2006.

Fleischmann, 30, has seven goals and 14 assists in 52 games this season.

Heatley, who has a $1 million cap hit, was held pointless in six games this season prior to being waived by the Ducks. He registered two goals and five assists in 25 AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals.

Heatley is expected to remain in the AHL and report to the San Antonio Rampage.

Both players will become unrestricted free agents after this season.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Fleischmann had a partial no-trade clause, but the Ducks were on his list of teams he was willing to go to.

In a separate transaction the Panthers assigned Garrett Wilson to San Antonio and activated Brandon Pirri off of injured reserve. David Bolland was also placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 21.

Panthers re-sign Olsen for two years

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While the Florida Panthers have a lot of youth at forward, they’ve locked up another of their young defensemen.

The Panthers announced they’ve re-signed restricted free agent blue liner Dylan Olsen to a two-year contract.

Last season, he played in 44 games for Florida and had three goals and 12 points. After playing in 28 games for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011-12 season, he made the most of his time this season trying to establish himself as an offensively productive defender.

Much like his fellow young defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who also signed a two-year deal recently, he’ll have a chance to make himself more of a force in a defensive corps that could use the help.

With vets like Brian Campbell and Willie Mitchell around, the Panthers defense is a bit green with Gudbranson, Alex Petrovic, Dmitry Kulikov, and Colby Robak. If Olsen can improve his game from last season, he can help make Florida’s top-six a bit sturdier.

Related: The Panthers also re-signed forwards Ryan Martindale and Garrett Wilson. They’ll likely pick up where they left off in AHL San Antonio.