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Weekend Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Cats sign defenseman Julian Melchiori to a two-way deal

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The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with depth defenseman Julian Melchiori on a one-year, two-way contract.

The 26-year-old Melchiori appeared in 49 regular season games with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, recording 14 points. Over seven Calder Cup Playoff games, the 6-foot-5, 214-pound native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, produced six points, including two goals.

Melchiori , a third round choice (87th overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, has appeared in 30 career NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets, registering two assists. In the AHL, he has played 324 career games, totaling 54 points (12G/42A).

In case you missed it, the Springfield Thunderbirds signed forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a one-year AHL contract. Zolnierczyk, who is Florida’s training camp on a PTO, scored 21 goals for the Milwaukee Admirals last season. (Springfield Thunderbirds)

The Vegas Golden Knight signed starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a three-year contract extension worth $21 million. Fleury’s new deal will kick in in 2019-2020. (Knights On Ice)

Joel Armia signed a one-year contract worth $1.85 million with the Montreal Canadiens, avoiding arbitration. The Habs acquired Armia from Winnipeg on June 30. (Eyes On The Prize)

The Dallas Stars signed RFA forward Devin Shore to a two-year, $4.6 million deal. Shore has played in all 82 games the past two seasons for Dallas. (Defending Big D)

Dallas also did what the Panthers could not, sign Adam Mascherin to an entry-level contract. The Stars took Mascherin in the fourth-round after he re-entered the draft. (NHL)

Andreas Johnsson accepted his qualifying offer, a one-year, two-way contract, to remain with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Johnsson scored twice in nine big-league games in 2017-18. (Pension Plan Puppets)

The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms with Paul LaDue on a two-year contract with an AAV of $825K per season. LaDue scored 3 goals in 12 games for the Kings last year. (Jewels From The Crown)

Los Angeles also signed defenseman Rasmus Kupari to an ELC. The Kings took Kupari in the first round (20th overall) in the 2018 Entry Draft. (LA Kings Insider)

Center Liam O’Brien signed a new one-year deal worth $650K to remain with the Washington Capitals organization. The 23-year-old appeared in three games with the Caps in 2017-18. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

The Arizona Coyotes inked RFA defenseman Trevor Murphy to a one-year, two-way contract. Murphy played eight games for the Coyotes last season. (CBS Sports)

Center Chase De Leo signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Anaheim Ducks. De Leo was originally drafted by the WInnipeg Jets. (Sportsnet)

The New York Rangers signed RFA left wing Cristoval Nieves to a one-year, two-way contract. Nieves played 28 games with the Rangers and scored his first NHL goal last season. (Blueshirt Banter)