Kris Versteeg signed a four-year pact with the Panthers, avoiding arbitration.
The 26-year-old posted career highs in the 2011-12 campaign with 23 goals and 54 points in 71 games. He was set to have his arbitration hearing Monday. "Kris played an important role in our club's success last season and we are pleased to have reached a long-term contract agreement with him," general manager Dale Tallon said. The financial details have not yet been announced.