The Florida Panthers made their first move into free agency on day two, signing LW Chris Higgins to a one year deal worth $1.6 million. Higgins shared time with the Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers last season and for the most part his play was frustrating. The three time 20+ goal scorer, finished the season a participant in 67 games but only registered 8 goals and 9 assists.
“Chris is a big and hard working forward who possesses a scoring touch,” said Panther GM Dale Tallon. “He is a three-time 20-goal scorer on the NHL level, who can be relied on to play in all game situations. Chris, along with the additions of Michael Grabner, Steve Bernier and Dennis Wideman will all be counted upon to play an important role in our offense next season.”
Tallon hopes Higgins’ speed will benefit a lacking Panther offense, and a change of scene could help bring his totals up to where they were during his playing days with the Montreal Canadiens, where he was the 14th overall pick in 2002. Higgins should have that opportunity with substantial playing time on the second (most likely) or third line and on the power play.
Florida still hopes to address their issues at center and are also looking to acquire a shut down defenseman.
Chris Higgins’ first interview as a Florida Panther.
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Written by Jack Powell
My name is Jack Powell. I'm 26 and work for a civil contracting company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I've been a Panther fan since the team was formed in 1993 and don't ever plan on not being one. Looking forward to see what new Panther GM Dale Tallon is going to do to rebuild this franchise and make us a Cup contender!!