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Panthers Ink D Ruslan Salei

Sunday, 07.2.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Ink D Ruslan Salei

Second Top Tier Blue Liner Acquired by Cats this Week

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent D Ruslan Salei on a four-year contract.

"Ruslan is a top tier defenseman who we are extremely pleased to acquire," said Keenan. "He is a big, physical, competitive player that can log a lot of ice time and will be looked upon as a leader on our blue line. It was our goal to sign an experienced defenseman and we feel we have addressed this need with the acquisitions of both Salei and Bryan Allen, helping to considerably improve our club."

Salei, 32, has appeared in 594 career NHL contests, all with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring 26 goals with 79 assists and 735 PIM. The six-foot-two, 205-pound defenseman posted the best numbers of his professional career last season tallying 19 points (1-18-19) in 78 games played, playing on the Duck's top defensive pairing. His 19 points placed third among Anaheim defensemen, while he also placed third on the club logging just over 22 minutes of ice time per game.

The Minsk, Belarus native has appeared in 40 postseason contests, including helping the Ducks advance to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003 and the Western Conference finals last season. Salei has also represented his native country at the Winter Olympics two times (1998 & 2002).

Before joining the Panthers, he was the longest tenured Anaheim player and held the franchise record for most games played by a Ducks defenseman (594). Salei was originally drafted by Anaheim with their first choice (ninth overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Career stats

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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