Florida's star defenceman Jay Bouwmeester inks a one-year deal and avoids arbitration, but will still become an unrestricted free agent at age 25 next July 1.
UPDATE I'm tied up with a story for tomorrow, but George Richards will be following this all day.
UPDATE “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Jay,” said Panthers GM Jacques Martin. “He has played an important role on our team over the last five seasons, logging significant ice time while contributing at both ends of the ice. While we recognize that arbitration was an option, we were always confident we would reach a mutually acceptable contract with Jay. We look forward to his continued growth and future contributions to our organization.”