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Panthers Agree To Contracts With Trio

Wright Inks Two-Year Deal; Caruso & Foster Agree to One-Year Contracts

Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 5:15 PM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Agree To Contracts With Trio

SUNRISE, FLA – Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with C James Wright. In addition, the club has agreed to one-year contracts with D Mike Caruso and G Brian Foster.

Wright, 22, appeared in 54 games for San Antonio (AHL) last season, recording 28 points (11-17-28) and 23 PIM after being acquired from Tampa Bay on Dec. 2, 2011, along with D Mike Vernace in exchange for D Mike Kostka and D Evan Oberg. Wright posted five points (1-4-5) and six PIM in 22 games with the Norfolk Admirals prior to the trade.

The Saskatoon, Sask. native has played in 49 NHL games over his career, all with Tampa Bay (2009-2011) recording five points (2-3-5). Drafted in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by Tampa Bay, Wright has posted 80 points (28-52-80) in 156 games career AHL contests.

Caruso, 24, played in 68 games with San Antonio last season, registering 13 points (5-8-13) and 63 PIM. He appeared in 10 playoffs games notching four assists. For his professional career, Caruso has played in 283 AHL contests with Rochester (2008-10) and San Antonio scoring 12 goals with 31 assists. The Mississauga, Ont. native was drafted by Florida in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Foster, 25, made his NHL debut on Feb. 4, playing five minutes at Tampa Bay making one save. He also played in 12 games with San Antonio (AHL), going 4-6-0 with a 3.64 GAA and 29 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) going 16-11-2 with a 2.78 GAA. The Pembroke, N.H., native was drafted by Florida in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2005 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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