Panthers are easily having one of the best off-seasons so far, and now they have extended two more of their young core after locking up cornerstone Aaron Ekblad on Friday. Tallon is doing a great job here.

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have finalized the signing of forward Vincent Trocheck to a six-year, $28.5 million contract.

Trocheck had 25 goals and 28 assists for Florida last season, helping the Panthers win the Atlantic Division title.

General manager Tom Rowe says Trocheck "played an important role in our success last season and will be a prominent part of the Panthers for years to come."

The 22-year-old Trocheck has 37 goals and 46 assists in 146 NHL games. He tied for third in goals for Florida last season and was fifth in total points.

Florida has also added defensemen Keith Yandle and Jason Demers, goalie James Reimer and forwards Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault this offseason, plus locked up returnees like Trocheck and All-Star defenseman Aaron Ekblad to long-term deals.
The Florida Panthers have signed restricted free-agent forward Reilly Smith to a five-year, $25 million contract extension.

The 25-year-old scored 25 goals and added 25 assists for 50 points over 82 games with the Panthers in 2015-16, his first season with the club. He scored four goals and added four helpers over six playoff games as the Panthers were eliminated in the first-round by the New York Islanders.

Smith has one-year left on his current contract with a cap hit of $3.425 million.

The Toronto native has 61 goals and 89 assists for 150 points over 285 career games with the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and Panthers. Smith was selected in the third round, 69th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Stars.