Florida Panthers on signing spree

The Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon has had a busy few days, announcing that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Alex Petrovic on a one-year, one-way contract; forward Evgeny Dadonov on a three-year contract; forward Micheal Haley on a two-year, one-way contract; exercised a buyout on forward Jussi Jokinen; agreed to terms with forward Radim Vrbata on a one-year, one-way contract; signed forward Sebastian Repo to a three-year, entry-level contract; signed forward Alexandre Grenier to a one-year, two-way contract;  and has signed the following players to one-year, two-way contracts: forward Chase Balisy, forward Connor Brickley, defenseman Reece Scarlett and goaltender Harri Sateri. Additionally, forward Curtis Valk has agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract.

Petrovic, 25, recorded 14 points (1-13-14) in 49 games with Florida during the 2016-17 season. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, ranked tied for first among Panthers defensemen with 106 hits and averaged 2.2 hits per game.

“We are thrilled welcome Evgeny back to South Florida,” said Tallon. “He is an exciting, talented forward who fits well with our core group. We are pleased that Evgeny has chosen to continue his NHL career as Panther.”

Over 161 regular season NHL games, all with Florida (2012-17), Petrovic has posted 35 points (3-32-35). In six playoff games, Petrovic has registered four points (1-3-4). He was originally selected by Florida in the second round (36th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Dadonov, 28, recorded 66 points (30-36-66) in 53 regular season games with St. Petersburg SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League and posted 19 points (9-10-19) in 18 postseason games to win the Gagarin Cup. Dadonov finished the KHL season ranking fourth in goals and fifth in points.

Florida originally selected Dadonov in the third round (71st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. Dadonov played in 55 NHL games, all with the Panthers, recording 20 points (10-10-20). Dadonov represented the Panthers at the 2011 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, has played 311 KHL games recording 240 points (112-128-240) for Chelyabinsk Traktor (2008-09), Donbass HC (2012-14) and St. Petersburg (2014-17). Dadonov won the Gagarin Cup twice (2015, 2017) and was selected for the 2013 KHL All-Star Game.

On the international stage, Dadonov recently represented Russia at the 2017 World Cup of Hockey and at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal. At the World Championship, Dadonov posted eight points (3-5-8) in 10 games. Throughout his international career he has earned a World Championship gold medal (2014), silver medal (2015) and two bronze medals (2016, 2017).

Haley, 31, recorded a career-high 12 points (2-10-12) and 128 penalty minutes in 58 games with the San Jose Sharks during the 2016-17 season.

“Micheal will help support our core group with his leadership and toughness,” said Panthers Head Coach Bob Boughner. “I know what sort of impact he has in the room and on the ice. He’s the type of person and player that we need.”

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound native of Guelph, Ontario, has appeared in 130 NHL games for San Jose (2014-17), the New York Rangers (2012-13) and New York Islanders (2009-10), recording 16 points (5-11-16) and 350 penalty minutes. Haley was originally signed by the Islanders as a free agent on May 19, 2008

Vrbata, 36, appeared in 81 games for the Arizona Coyotes during the 2016-17 season, recording 55 points (20-35-55) to lead the Coyotes in goals, assists and points. Over his last four seasons, Vrbata has registered at least 20 goals three times and amassed 31 goals and a career-best 63 points in 2014-15.

“Radim is a proven goal scorer who will complement our young centers,” said Tallon. “He’s a smart, skilled player and a reliable offensive presence on the power play. We are pleased to have signed Radim and welcome him to South Florida.”

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound native of Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, has appeared in 1,015 regular season NHL games, producing 609 points (279-330-609) for the Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes (2016-17, 2009-14, 2007-08), Vancouver Canucks (2014-16), Tampa Bay Lightning (2008-09), Chicago Blackhawks (2005-07), Carolina Hurricanes (2002-05) and Colorado Avalanche (2001-03). In 42 NHL playoff games, Vrbata has posted 18 points (8-10-18).

Vrbata represented Vancouver at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. He was originally selected by Colorado in the seventh round (212th overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft.

Grenier, 25, appeared in three games with the Vancouver Canucks and appeared in 69 games for the Utica Comets (AHL) recording 45 points (17-28-45). The 6-foot-5, 200-pound native of Laval, Quebec, has appeared in nine NHL games all with Vancouver (2015-17) and has played in 277 AHL games recording 175 points (67-108-175). He was originally selected by Vancouver in the third round (90th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Balisy, 25, led the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) with 45 points (17-28-45) in 76 games. In 218 AHL games, Balisy has posted 115 points (47-68-115). The 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Fullerton, Calif., was originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round (170th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Brickley, 25, recorded 26 points (15-11-26) in 69 games with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). The 6-foot, 203-pound native of Everett, Mass., has recorded five points (1-4-5) in 23 NHL games, all with Florida (2015-16). He was originally selected by Florida in the second round (50th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Scarlett, 24, appeared in one game with Springfield recording one goal and appeared in 50 games with the Albany Devils (AHL) posting 21 points (4-17-21). The 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Sherwood Park, Alberta has produced 93 points (17-76-93) in 216 AHL games. He was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Sateri, 27, appeared in 42 games with Chekov Vityaz (KHL), owning a 20-16-5 record, 2.50 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Toijala, Finland, was named KHL goaltender of the week during the week of Sep. 25. In 132 KHL games (2014-17), Sateri owns a 52-60-16 record, 2.63 goals against average, .923 save percentage and nine shutouts. He owns a 48-68-7 record over 129 AHL games (2010-14), with a 2.89 goals against average, .902 save percentage and four shutouts.

In 108 games with Tampere Tappara (2008-11, Liiga), Sateri owns a 36-53 record with a 2.89 goals against average, .915 save percentage and six shutouts. He was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

Valk, 24, appeared in 75 games with Utica, recording 46 points (16-30-46). His 46 points ranked him second on the Comets in scoring and led the club with 30 assists. The 5-foot-9, 166-pound native of Medicine Hat, Alberta has registered 52 points (18-34-52) in 88 AHL games.

Repo, 21, appeared in 46 regular season games for Tampere Tappara of Finland’s Liiga, recording 32 points (11-21-32) and appeared in eight games with the Lahti Pelicans posting three assists.

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound native of Lahti, Finland, amassed seven points (6-1-7) in 18 playoff games with Tampere en route to a Liiga Championship. Repo ranked tied for first in the Liiga playoffs for goals. With Tampere, Repo played alongside Panthers prospect Henrik Haapala. He was loaned to Peliitat Heinola of the Finnish second division, registering four points (2-2-4) in four games.

He was originally selected by Florida in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.

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