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Panthers Ink D Ruslan Salei

Sunday, 07.02.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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