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ThomasTomasz
07-01-2016, 10:34 PM
Extension confirmed at 8 years, $60 million


Aaron Ekblad will not be a free agent for a long time. That alone made this free-agency day for the Florida Panthers an overwhelming success.

The Panthers have locked up their star 20-year-old defenceman for eight additional years, the sides formally completing the work Friday on what will be a $60 million extension that keeps him in Florida through the 2024-25 season. The deal was announced on the first day of the NHL's free-agent signing period, though Ekblad was still under contract to Florida for the coming season.

"I don't think it's any secret," Panthers general manager Tom Rowe said. "He's a guy we want in the fold for a long time to come."

Ekblad was an All-Star in each of his first two years with Florida, and now clearly becomes a face of a franchise that believes it is getting closer to finally hoisting the Stanley Cup.

"Couldn't be happier," Ekblad wrote on Instagram as he posed in a Florida jersey.

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