Nick Bjugstad and Florida Panthers Agree to a Contract Extension

The Florida Panthers and talented, young, center Nick Bjugstad have come to terms on a six-year contract extension, worth a reported $4.1 million a season. The 22-year-old is currently playing in his second full season with the Panthers, and in 122 career National Hockey League games, he has 30 goals, 30 assists for 60 points.

According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, general manager Dale Tallon and Bjustad’s agent agreed to the details of the deal during the first intermission of last night’s game with the Montreal Canadiens.  Bjustad would score in the game, but the Panthers would lose 2-1 in a shootout.

Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said, “We are very pleased to have agreed to a long-term contract with Nick, he is a big, strong and skilled forward who will play an important role on our club for the next several seasons. Nick, along with Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson and Johnathan Huberdeau are all part of our club’s growing nucleus of young and talented players that will lead our team to future success.”

The 22-year-old Minneapolis, Minnesota native was the Panthers first round pick (19th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played his collegiate hockey career at the University of Minnesota, where he contributed 54 goals, and 44 assists for the Gophers in 109 career NCAA games in the Western Collegiate Hockey League.

 

Nick Bjustad leads the Panthers with 13 goals and 21 points in 34 games this season.

 

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