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Panthers sign Fleischmann, Theodore, Jovanovski, Upshall

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TSN.ca Staff
7/1/2011 2:42:52 PM
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The Florida Panthers have been active so far on Free Agent Frenzy day in the NHL adding several veterans to their locker-room. The Panthers have signed forward Tomas Fleischmann defenceman Ed Jovanovski, right-winger Scottie Upshall and goaltender Jose Theodore to deals.

Fleischmann agreed to a four-year deal with the Panthers worth $18 Million.

Fleischmann finished last season with the Colorado Avalanche after a mid season deal saw the veteran forward leave the Washington Capitals where he had spent his entire career.

Jovanovski signed a four-year $16.5 million deal with the club. Upshall's deal is worth $14 million over four years while Theodore signed a two-year $3 million contract.

For Jovanovski, the deal with Florida takes him back to where his career began. The big defenceman was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Panters and spent the first three and a half seasons of his career with the team.

He spent the last six seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes and scored five goals and 14 points in 50 games with the team last year.

The 35-year-old has 133 goals and 481 points in 1,019 career NHL games.

Upshall scored a career-best 24 goals and 34 points splitting time between the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets last season

He has 86 goals and 86 assists in 361 career games. Upshall was originally drafted with the sixth overall selection by the Nashville Predators in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The 34-year-old Theodore spent last season with the Minnesota Wild appearing in 32 games and posting a record of 15-11-3 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.71 GAA.

He is expected to be the starting goaltender for the Panthers next season.

Theodore began his career with the Montreal Canadiens after being drafted by the club with the 44th overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

He had arguably his best season with club in 2002 where he posted a .931 save percentage, 2.11 GAA and a 30-24-10 record and won the Vezina Trophy.

Over his career he has a 260-232-55 record with a .909 save percentage and 2.69 goals against.

Theodore has stops in Montreal, Colorado, Washington and Minnesota in his career.

Tomas Fleischmann (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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