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T-Birds sign forward Blaine Byron

Buffalo Sabres v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The Springfield Thunderbirds have signed unrestricted free agent Blaine Byron to a one-year, AHL contract. Byron, a forward, scored 18 goals and 41 points for the NCAA's Maine Black Bears last season. As Byron is on an AHL-only deal, he can't be called up by the Florida Panthers unless he opts out and signs an NHL entry-level contract. By virtue of his deal, the 22-year-old Canadian remains eligible for the Olympics.

In case you missed it, the Panthers were previewed by CBS Sports yesterday. Not a lot of meat in the article, but still worth a look.

The New Jersey Devils signed unrestricted free agent Drew Stafford to a one-year deal worth $800K. Stafford spent last season with the Winnipeg Jets and Boston Bruins, totaling 21 points (8G/13A) in 58 games played.

Today's Poll:

Poll

Who will lead the Panthers in assists this season?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Aleksander Barkov
    (12 votes)
  • 51%
    Jonathan Huberdeau
    (27 votes)
  • 5%
    Evgeny Dadonov
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Vincent Trocheck
    (2 votes)
  • 7%
    Henrik Haapala
    (4 votes)
  • 7%
    Keith Yandle
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Radim Vrbata
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (0 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now