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Florida Panthers re-sign MacKenzie Weegar

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Cats defender gets new three-year deal

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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Florida Panthers have re-signed Mackenzie Weegar to a new three-year contract worth $9.75 million, avoiding a scheduled November 8th arbitration hearing.

Weegar will make $2 million next season, $3 million in 2021-22 and $4.75 million in the final year of the contract, which takes him to unrestricted free agency.

The 26-year-old has grown into a top-four defensive role with the Panthers since making his debut in 2016 after being selected in seventh round (206th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season, Weegar posted career-highs with seven goals and 18 points in 45 games while averaging 20:07 minutes of ice time per game.

New general manager Bill Zito continues to impress in first offseason leading the Cats.