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Panthers Agree to Two-Year Contract with D Filip Kuba

Sunday, 07.1.2012 / 3:00 PM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Agree to Two-Year Contract with D Filip Kuba
Panthers draft pick Filip Kuba returns to franchise with two year deal after playing most recently in Ottawa (Getty Images)

Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with D Filip Kuba (FIHL-ihp KOO-bah) on a two-year contract.

“Filip is an experienced player who adds further depth to our blue line,” said Tallon. “He is a big, strong and responsible, shutdown defenseman who averaged more than 23 minutes of ice time per-game last season. We are confident that he will fit very well into our top six and help our power play. We look forward to his contributions to our team.”

Kuba, 35, has played in 792 National Hockey League contests for Florida (1998-2000), Minnesota (2000-2006), Tampa Bay (2006-2008) and Ottawa (2008-2012), totaling 69 goals with 254 assists and 337 PIM. Kuba played the majority of the 2011-12 season alongside Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, recording 32 points (6-26-32) and a team-best +26 rating in 73 games played. He also paced the club with 149 blocked shots and ranked second on the Sens in ice time (23:36).

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman posted a career-best 40 points (3-37-40) while playing with the Senators during the 2008-2009 campaign. Throughout his 12-year playing career, he has recorded at least 30 points five times and notched at least 20 points in 10 of his last 11 seasons played.

The Ostrava, Czech Republic native set an NHL and team record by recording an assist in eight consecutive games to start the 2008-2009 season while playing for the Senators. Kuba was selected to play in the 2004 NHL All-Star game and represented his native country at the Winter Olympics in both 2006 and 2010.

Kuba was originally drafted by Florida in the eighth round (192nd overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

The Panthers are set to open the 2012-13 season Oct. 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and will raise a Southeast Division Championship banner in a pre-game ceremony. Select lower-bowl season tickets are available for as low as $30 now by calling 954-835-PUCK or clicking to FloridaPanthers.com and single-game tickets will be on sale later this summer.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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