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The Florida Panthers and Sam Montembeault agreed on a new one-year deal. Montembeault, 24, is expected to battle for the team’s No. 3 goalie. // Photo by Roger Topalian, 21st Century Photography (561) 488-0000

The Florida Panthers got another piece of unfinished offseason business check off Sunday as goalie Sam Montembeault signed a one-year, two-way deal.

Montembeault was a restricted free agent this summer — and will be again next year — and will come to camp looking to battle for a roster spot.

While it is assumed Spencer Knight will join Sergei Bobrovsky on the NHL roster, perhaps the Panthers decide to let Knight go to AHL Charlotte and play a majority of the games there instead of backing up in the NHL.

Don’t bet on it. We’re thinking it will be Bobrovsky and Knight in Florida with Montembeault and newly-signed Chris Gibson fighting for the No. 3 spot.

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Montembeault, 24, played in 13 games with AHL Syracuse this past season, going 8-4-1 with a .898 save percentage and 2.86 GAA.

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Although he dressed for a few games and served as the backup, Montembeault did not appear in a game for the Panthers in 2021.

Now, the Panthers only have a few more things to do on their summetime checklist — and they’re big ones.

The first move should be the signing of Sam Reinhart to a new contract. That should come this week.

After that will be the long-term contract extension for captain Sasha Barkov.

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Kane, obviously, denied it.

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