Center Sam Bennett re-signed with the Florida Panthers on Monday, inking a four-year contract worth $17.7 million with the team that has been a good fit for him since he joined the squad at the trade deadline.
Bennett put up six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 10 regular-season games with the Panthers after they acquired him from Calgary. The 25-year-old was a point-a-game player during Florida's playoff series, too, with a goal and four assists.
"Sam's impact on our club this past season was seen immediately, injecting physicality, skill and energy into our lineup,'' general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have him in our Panthers lineup and look forward to what he can bring to our offense in the upcoming 2021-22 season.''
Bennett will count $4.425 million against the salary cap annually through the 2024-25 season.
"That's all going to get announced and worked on in due time,'' Reinhart said of signing with Florida. "I just feel comfortable we're both excited about the future. I don't see any issues moving forward.''
Given the price the Panthers paid -- goalie prospect Devon Levi and a 2022 first-round pick -- and Reinhart's production, it could be a deal more lucrative than Bennett's. Reinhart is a five-time 20-goal scorer who played on a Buffalo team that never made the playoffs during his time there, so the opportunity to be part of a stronger lineup could pay dividends.