Sam Reinhart agrees to 8-year contract to return to Panthers: Sources

The most prominent top-scoring forward available has come off the NHL’s free-agent market.

Forward Sam Reinhart has agreed to an eight-year contract with the Florida Panthers, league sources said. The deal is expected to be announced Monday. Reinhart was ranked as the top unrestricted free agent, according to The Athletic’s Chris Johnston.

Reinhart had a career year with the Panthers, establishing personal single-season highs in goals (57) and points (94) in 82 regular-season games.

He was second to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews in goals scored this past year. The 28-year-old added 10 goals and 16 points in 23 playoff games, including the game-winning goal in Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup.

Moments after winning the Cup, Reinhart expressed his desire to remain with Florida as a pending unrestricted free agent.

The No. 2 pick from the 2014 NHL Draft has 255 goals and 538 points in 696 career NHL games spent with the Panthers and Buffalo Sabres.

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(Top photo of Sam Reinhart: Joel Auerbach / Getty Images)

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