Report: Florida Panthers re-sign Sam Reinhart to eight-year contract

The Stanley Cup champions are trying to run it back. Reports have surfaced, general manager Bill Zito has signed Sam Reinhart to an eight-year contract, minutes before the deadline. If Zito waited until Monday, he wouldn't have been able to offer Reinhart the eighth year on his deal.

So far no AAV has been announced on the deal, which will come out early on Monday. Reinhart enjoyed a career season in 2023-24, scoring 57 goals and adding 94 points in 82 games. He'd go on to star in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 16 points in 24 postseason games including the game-winning goal in Game 7 to get past the Edmonton Oilers.

The Panthers originally traded for Reinhart back in 2021, in a deal with the Buffalo Sabres that saw Devon Levi and a first-round pick head to the Sabres. Soon after the Panthers and Reinhart's camp agreed to a three-year deal at $19.5 million. He's now set for a significant raise.

The Panthers have admitted they are looking to keep all of their key free agents which is a great sign for the fan base. Look for Brandon Montour and Oliver Ekman-Larsson to at least get contract offers. However, backup goaltender Anthony Stolarz appears to be hitting the free-agent market on Monday.

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