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MacKenzie Weegar returning to Florida Panthers on three-year, $9.75 million contract

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The Florida Panthers were able to lock up one of their key defenceman to a multiyear deal on Friday.

The team has agreed to re-sign 26-year old MacKenzie Weegar to a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $3.25 million.

“MacKenzie is a solid two-way competitor who brings tenacity and skill to our lineup,” said Panthers General manager Bill Zito.

“He has developed into a key member of the Panthers both on and off the ice and we look forward to him taking the next step in his career.”

The contract is backloaded and will break down as follows: $2 million next season, $3 million in 2021/22, and $4,75 million during the final season in 2022/23.

Weegar, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft, has amassed 13 goals, 28 assists, 133 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating over a span of four NHL seasons.

He posted a career-best seven goals and 11 assists while averaging 20:07 minutes of ice-time a game this past season.

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WATCH: Things get heated between the Leafs and Jets after controversial knee-on-knee collision

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When Winnipeg Jets defenceman Neal Pionk injured Rasmus Sandin with a knee-on-knee hit in the third period of last night’s game, it didn’t set well with the Toronto Maple Leafs bench. And when no penalty was called on the play, the Leafs decided to take matters into their own hands.

What ensued following the incident was Jason Spezza kneeing Pionk in the head, Wayne Simmonds trying to fight everybody, and a lot of scuffles and scraps that sent the crowd at Canada Life Centre into a frenzy that continued well after the final whistle.

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Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, will miss at least five games

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One of the NHL few unvaccinated players has contracted COVID-19.

The Detroit Red Wings confirmed that forward Tyler Bertuzzi has entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol. He will be sidelined for a minimum of 10 days, which means he will miss the team’s next five games.

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill says Bertuzzi is asymptomatic.

The 26-year old has posted nine goals and nine assists in 20 games this season.

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Is William Nylander the Leafs’ most valuable player? | NSS Live with Frank D’Angelo

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Earlier this week on NSS Live, Frank D’Angelo and co-hosts Bill Watters and Joe Tilley discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs’ red-hot month of November, and went as far as to suggest that William Nylander might be the team’s most valuable player!

Here’s why they believe an argument could be made for such a bold statement:

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