The Florida Panthers and forward Aleksander Barkov have agreed on a new eight-year extension set to begin during the 2022-23 season.
The reigning Selke Trophy winner is staying in South Florida for the foreseeable future.
The Florida Panthers and captain Aleksander Barkov have agreed on an eight-year extension worth, on average, $10 million a year which is set to kick in during the 2022-23 season. Barkov was entering the final season of his current deal.
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Barkov was drafted second overall by the Panthers in the 2013 NHL Draft and made his debut the same season, racking up 24 points in 54 games and followed that up with 16 goals and 20 assists in 2014-15, his second year in the league. Since then, Barkov has regularly surpassed the 20-goal mark and hasn’t dipped below it for the last six seasons.
Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Barkov has 157 goals and 248 assists in 404 games for the Panthers averaging just over 20 minutes of ice time a game. In 50 games a season ago, Barkov had 58 points (26G, 32A) in 50 games for the playoff-bound Panthers. His best statistical season came in 2018 with 35 goals and 61 assists in 82 games. It is the only time in his eight-year career he has played all 82 games in a standard NHL season schedule.
Barkov and the Panthers kick off the 2021-22 season at home on October 16th against the New York Islanders.