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Florida Panthers sign Zac Dalpe, add forward depth

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Zac Dalpe, pictured with the AHL Cleveland Monsters, signed a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Friday. // Photo courtesy @TheAHL

The battle for the final few spots on the Florida Panthers roster got a little more interesting Friday when the team signed forward Zac Dalpe to a two-year, two-way contract.

Dalpe was with Columbus since 2017, splitting time between the Blue Jackets and the AHL Cleveland Monsters where Florida’s Bill Zito was GM.

The 31-year-old Dalpe had two goals and three points in 12 games with the Jackets last season and had three goals in five games with the Monsters.

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Dalpe, originally a second-round pick of Carolina in 2008, has 153 games of NHL experience with Columbus, Minnesota, Buffalo, Vancouver and Carolina. He has 14 goals and 28 points in those games.

The expectation is that Dalpe would battle for a spot on Florida’s fourth line although there is plenty of competition as it stands right now.

Dalpe will likely start the season with Charlotte, a team he played for in the past.

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