Panthers sign goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to seven-year contract

The Florida Panthers have locked up Sergei Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, for seven years. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The Florida Panthers have locked up Sergei Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, for seven years. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

As they said themselves, the Florida Panthers got their man.

The team announced on Monday afternoon that they’ve signed Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year deal.

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According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnson, the 30-year-old goaltender will make $10 million per season. He becomes the second-highest paid netminder in the league, behind only Montreal’s Carey Price by $500,000.

"Sergei is an elite starting goaltender who has consistently proven to be one of the best in the NHL," said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon in a release. "Adding a world class goalie with Sergei's abilities and experience will give us a solid foundation in net and the confidence to win every night as we look towards this next era of Panthers hockey in South Florida."

Bobrovsky has won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top puck-stopper twice — in 2013 and 2017.

He’s started at least 60 games and won 37 of them in each of the past three seasons. During his seven-year tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Russian never had a campaign in which he posted a GAA above 2.75 or SV% below .908.

In 457 NHL regular season contests in his career, he owns a record of 255-153-37 along with a sparkling 2.46 GAA and .919 SV%.

Before inking his deal with the team, the Panthers’ only goaltender on the roster was Chris Driedger — a 25-year-old with three games of NHL experience under his belt.

Their starter from last season, Roberto Luongo, has retired while James Reimer was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday for Scott Darling, who the Panthers bought out.

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