Florida’s Barkov inks $35.4M deal, thanks Kevin Spacey

Panthers coach Gerard Gallant joins HC at Noon to talk about the teams nine-game winning streak , Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr playing well together and communication on the bench.

Aleksander Barkov made sure to give a shoutout to Kevin Spacey upon inking a six-year, $35.4-million extension with the Florida Panthers.

Barkov’s new deal, which carries a $5.9-million salary cap hit, allows him to skip restricted free agency and buys the Panthers two years of unrestricted free agency.

 

The contract was first reported Monday evening and made official Tuesday by the club. In actual salary, Barkov’s new contract starts at $4.25 million in 2016-17 and peaks at $7.75 million in the final season.

Barkov will hold a no-move clause when he is first eligible in 2020-21 and a 12-team no-trade clause Year 6 of the deal, according to Elliotte Friedman.

The 20-year-old Barkov was selected second overall at the 2013 draft, ahead of Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones and Sean Monahan.

The 213-pound centre has recorded 12 goals, 18 assists with a plus-12 rating in 38 games this season for Florida.

A huge reason why the Panthers lead the Atlantic Division, Barkov posted a team-high 14 points during Florida’s franchise-record 12-game winning streak, which ran from Dec. 15 through Jan. 10.

 

“We are thrilled to sign Sasha to a multi-year contract,” general manager Dale Tallon said.

“He is a highly-skilled, intelligent and dynamic young centre that plays an exceptional game at both ends of the ice. Sasha is an important part of the foundation of our future and a cornerstone player who is continuing to develop into one of the league’s elite centres.”

January 26, 2016

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Aleksander Barkov
Centre
AGE: 26

SIGNED BY
Florida Panthers
LENGTH
6 yrs
CONTRACT TYPE
Contract Extension
SALARY CAP HIT
$5.9 million
TOTAL
$35.4 million

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