Panthers announce Huberdeau’s $35.4M, 6-year extension

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have formally announced Jonathan Huberdeau’s $35.4 million, six-year extension, making the forward yet another piece of the team’s young core to be locked into a long-term deal this year.

So far in 2016, the Panthers have committed more than $184 million in contracts to five players who are all age 25 or younger. Aleksander Barkov signed an extension in January, and Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Reilly Smith and now Huberdeau all got extensions done this summer.

That total doesn’t even count the deal Nick Bjugstad signed late in 2014, nor does it include the acquisition of All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle or the retaining of Jaromir Jagr this offseason.

The Panthers won the Atlantic Division last season, reaching the playoffs for the second time since 2000.

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