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Panthers agree to one-year deals with Auld, Weiss

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers got a pair of
players under contract Friday, agreeing to terms on one-year
deals with both goaltender Alex Auld and center Stephen Weiss.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Acquired along with right wing Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman
Bryan Allen in the trade that sent star netminder Roberto Luongo
to Vancouver on June 23, Auld is coming off a season in which
he became just the fourth goaltender in Canucks history to
record 30 or more wins in a season.

Originally a second-round pick of the Panthers in 1999, the
25-year-old Auld went 33-26-6 with a 2.94 goals-against average
as he appeared in a career-high 67 games. In 81 career games,
all with Vancouver, Auld is 39-31-8 with a 2.75 GAA.

"Alex was a key player in our deal with Vancouver and we are
pleased to have reached a contract agreement with him," Panthers
general manager Mike Keenan said. "He is a highly skilled
goaltender who will be counted on to play a major role in our
club's success next season."

Weiss, who had filed for arbitration on July 5, was limited to
just 41 games with Florida in 2005-06 after undergoing
season-ending wrist surgery on January 1. He finished with nine
goals, including a career-high four on the power play, and 21
points.

The fourth overall pick of the Panthers in 2001, the 23-year-old
Weiss has collected 28 goals and 45 assists in 175 career
games.