Van Ryn re-signing with Panthers for four-year deal
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers were not interested in going through the arbitration process with another defenseman.
The Panthers on Friday avoided a hearing with blueliner Mike Van Ryn, agreeing on a four-year contract.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed for Van Ryn, whose arbitration hearing was scheduled for next Wednesday.
Florida has already come up on the losing end of arbitration, when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was awarded a substantial pay increase Wednesday with $4.35 million for the next two seasons. The Panthers have until 48 hours after their final hearing -- Ric Jackman on Aug. 4 -- whether to accept the deal.
Van Ryn, 27, appeared in a career-high 80 games last season, recording eight goals and a career-best 29 assists for 37 points.
"Mike is a top tier defenseman who we are extremely pleased to have come to terms with on a long-term deal," Panthers general manager Mike Keenan said. "We look forward to his continued contributions to our team, as well as the South Florida community."