The Florida Panthers have inked center Derek MacKenzie to a three-year, $3.9 million contract. The 33-year-old has spent the last seven years as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. MacKenize seems to slot in as the Cats' fourth-line center and is expected to be one of the team's penalty-killers.
MacKenzie was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999. He enjoyed a fine junior career with OHL's Sudbury Wolves and won a bronze medal as a member of Canada's 2001 WJC entry.
This looks like a pretty solid signing as MacKenzie is a good fourth-liner who can contribute on offense a bit, but with with Cats needing more goals and Dale Tallon stating he was looking for a couple defenders, one wonders if this was all that necessary.