Higgins joins Panthers

Updated: July 2, 2010, 4:48 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Christopher Higgins didn't need much convincing before joining the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers signed Higgins to a $1.6 million, one-year contract Friday, with plans to make him the second-line left wing behind David Booth on the depth chart.

"Booth and Higgins on the left side, that's pretty good," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He'll be a top-six forward on our team."

Higgins was Montreal's first-round draft pick in 2002 and had 72 ...

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