Alex Wennberg signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday. It has an average annual value for $4.5 million.
The 26-year-old forward scored 29 points, including an NHL career-high 17 goals, in 56 regular-season games for the Florida Panthers last season, and two points (one goal, one assist) in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“Alexander is coming off of his best goal-scoring season to date and gives us an offensive-minded center down the middle,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. “He’s still young and we think he has room to grow even further as he has taken large strides in each of his last few seasons. We like his combination of size and skill and think he will fit well with our group.”
Selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (No. 14) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Wennberg has scored 230 points (57 goals, 173 assists) in 471 regular-season games with the Panthers and Blue Jackets, and 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 28 playoff games.
Seattle also signed goalie Philipp Grubauer to a six-year, $35.5 million contract ($5.9 million average annual value) and forward Jaden Schwartz to a five-year, $27.5 million contract ($5.5 million average annual value).
Grubauer was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL last season after the 29-year-old was 30-9-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and seven shutouts in 40 games (39 starts) for the Colorado Avalanche.
Schwartz scored 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 40 regular-season games with the St. Louis Blues last season, and did not score a point in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.