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NHL Free Agency: Florida Panthers Bring Chris Driedger Back

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Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger takes a break during what was his final start of the 2019-20 season on March 9 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. // Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire

The Florida Panthers brought back a familiar face on Monday’s start to NHL Free Agency by signing goalie Chris Driedger to a one-year deal worth $795,000.

Driedger, 30, played two seasons with the Panthers from 2019-21, going 21-8-4 with a .931/2.07 over 35 total games.

In 2021, he was taken by the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.

“The kindness I received on social media from Panthers fans has been overwhelmingly positive and incredible,” Driedger said when drafted.

“Panthers fans have been great to me, I have nothing but positive things to say about my time in South Florida. I was extremely fortunate to be able to be a part of that organization. Last season was a blast. We were unfortunate to lose in the first round, but we had a really strong team. You could tell the fans were starting to rally around the group we had there.

“I had a blast and I will always look back fondly on my time in Florida.”

Last year, Driedger played in two games with the Kraken, with a .917 save percentage. Most of his season was with the AHL Coachella Valley Firebirds.

In the Calder Cup Playoffs, Driedger went 12-6 record to lead the Firebirds to a Western Conference championship and an appearance in the Calder Cup Final.

He is expected to battle Spencer Knight for the backup job behind Sergei Bobrovsky in training camp.

Florida has added four players to this coming season’s team after losing a number of top players in free agency including Brandon Montour, Anthony Stolarz, Ryan Lomberg, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Kevin Stenlund.

More FHN Coverage of the Stanley Cup Champion Panthers:

UP NEXT FOR THE FLORIDA PANTHERS
  • NHL Free Agency: Started Today
  • Florida Panthers Development Camp, Fort Lauderdale: Starts July 8
  • Florida Panthers Training Camp, Fort Lauderdale: Mid-September
  • Florida Panthers Preseason: Sept. 22-Oct. 5
  • Florida Panthers Opening Night/Banner Unveiling: Oct. 8 v. Boston Bruins

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Susan wagner

Susan wagner

Cats and Oilers

Curious as to no word on Tarasenko or even Okposo’s decision on retiring yet. I think Tarasenko just bought more property here, so not sure if that is a telling sign. Maybe he’s waiting to see how much cap we have left?

surveyjay

Love this signing, love the amount love the term, theres no downside to this signing, he’ll score push Knight for the backup roll, if he doesn’t win it, oh well, the competition will have only made us stronger, and we have a more than competent guy down in the A ahould either BOB or Knight falter or get injured. And all of that for under one million. That , is what you call a bargin.

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