Friday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Cats re-sign defenseman Chase Priskie

The Florida Panthers moved closer to completing its offseason checklist by signing prospect defenseman Chase Priskie to a one-year, two-way contract.

The new deal will pay the 25-year-old blueliner the league minimum of $750K at the NHL level and $70K at the AHL level.

Priskie is heading into his third professional season, having amassed 11 goals and 42 points in 72 career AHL games. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

The Pembroke Pines native put up 31 points in 52 games as a rookie for the Charlotte Checkers in 2019-20 before he was traded to the Cats by the Carolina Hurricanes as part of the deadline day deal for Vincent Trocheck. After the trade, Priskie recorded four points in five games with the Springfield Thunderbirds to finish off the season.

With the Checkers on hiatus due to COVID-19, Priskie appeared in just 15 games as a member of the Syracuse Crunch in 2020-21. He finished the season with three goals and four assists, and posted a +4 rating.

NHL signings

The New Jersey Devils signed forward Tomas Tatar to a two-year contract worth $9 million. His cap hit will be $4.5 million dollars; he will be paid $3.75 million next season and $5.25 million in the second season. New Jersey also re-signed Yegor Sharangovich to a two-year contract worth $4 million. (All About The Jersey)

The Nashville Predators inked defenseman Dante Fabbro to a two-year, $4.8 million contract Thursday, avoiding salary arbitration. His hearing was set for August 20. (Tennessean)

The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided arbitration with forward Zach Ashton-Reese, signing him to a new one-year contract worth $1.725 million. (Pensburgh)

Restricted free agent defenseman Will Borgen signed a two-year contract worth $1.8 million with the Seattle Kraken. The Kraken plucked Borgen from the Buffalo Sabres in the expansion draft. (Kraken Official)

The Montreal Canadiens inked forward Michael Pezzetta to a one-year, two-way deal. Pezzetta scored twice and produced five points in 20 games with the Laval Rocket in 2020-21. (Eyes On The Prize)

Goaltender Callum Booth signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins. Booth appeared in one game with the Providence Bruins and one game with the ECHL’s Jacksonville IceMen in 2020-21. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

The Detroit Red Wings inked center Chase Pearson to a one-year, two-way deal. Pearson produced 22 points in 28 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins last season. (Detroit Free Press)

Austin Strand signed a one-year, two-way contract to remain with the Los Angeles Kings. The 24-year-old defenseman appeared in 13 games with the Kings and 19 with the Ontario Reign. (LA Kings Insider)

The New York Rangers signed forward Tim Gettinger to a one-year, two-way deal. Gettinger put up 19 points in 23 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2020-21. (Blueshirt Banter)

The Washington Capitals inked Michael Vecchione to a one-year, two-way contract. Vecchione potted seven goals in 18 games with the Colorado Eagles last season. (NOVA Caps)