The Florida Panthers locked up the first of their restricted free agents, signing defenceman Erik Gudbranson to a two-year deal.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
After being selected third overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, Gudbranson has played in 169 games with the Panthers, recording five goals, 21 points, and 239 penalty minutes.
"Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said in a team release. "He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development and his contributions to the South Florida community."