SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers agreed to terms on a US$1.3-million, two-year contract with tough guy Wade Belak on Monday.
The veteran winger was acquired by Florida from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 26 for a fifth-round pick in next month’s NHL entry draft. The Saskatoon native was held without a point in 17 games with the Panthers, but registered 12 penalty minutes.
“Wade is a high-character, hard-working player and versatile player who immediately made an impact on our team last season,” Panthers GM Jacques Martin said in a release. “He provides our club with a tremendous physical presence and we look forward to his continued contributions to our team both on and off the ice for the next two years.”
In 47 games for Florida and Toronto, Belak recorded one goal with 78 penalty minutes.
The six-foot-five, 225-pound winger has played for four teams (Calgary, Colorado, Toronto, Florida) in his 11-year NHL career, recording 29 points (8-21-29) with 1,108 penalty minutes. Belak has appeared in 22 career playoff games, all with Toronto, scoring one goal with 36 penalty minutes.
Also Monday, the Panthers agreed to terms with centre Kamil Kreps on a $1.365-million, two-year contract. In 74 games this season, Kreps had eight goals and 17 assists.
The Panthers also agreed to terms with defenceman Luke Beaverson on an entry-level contract. He had three points (1-2) and 24 penalty minutes in his senior season at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.