The Florida Panthers have signed RW Brett Connolly to a four year deal worth $14 million. Connolly will have a $3.5 million cap hit.
Connolly was drafted 6th overall in 2010, though he has never lived up to expectations. He posted career high this season, though the Panthers will be his fourth team in nine years. He is a good middle six winger, but he is best suited as a third liner. The Panthers could use a right winger. Mike Hoffman, Evgeni Dadonov and Frank Vatrano can all play on the right side, but they are all lefties. Connolly will be just their second pure right shot winger, behind Colton Sceviour. Connolly\’s upside is that he is as young as it will get for a UFA. That is, except for non-tendered players.
Connolly, 27, scored 22 goals with 24 assists for 46 points in 81 games for the Washington Capitals this past season. In his NHL career for the Capitals, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Connolly has scored 79 goals with 76 assists for 155 points in 427 games.