Free agent Stillman signs with Panthers

The Florida Panthers signed veteran forward Cory Stillman to a three-year contract on Tuesday worth a reported $10.6 million US.

The Florida Panthers signed veteran forward Cory Stillman to a three-year contract on Tuesday worth a reported $10.6 million US.

The longtime Carolina Hurricane was traded in February as part of a four-player deal with Ottawa.

"He possesses strong offensive abilities, plays responsibly on both ends of the ice and will be an asset to our club on special teams," Panthers general manager Jacques Martin said in a statement.

Stillman, 34, had 24 goals and 41 assists in 75 games this season while earning $1.75 million US. He was the only Senator to score two goals in their playoff sweep at the hands of Pittsburgh.

The Peterborough, Ont., native has scored 234 goals and 368 assists in 839 regular-season games in a career that has also seen him play in Calgary, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

Stillman played on Stanley Cup teams with Tampa Bay in 2004 and with Carolina two years later. He earned Conn Smythe trophy consideration as playoff most valuable player with the Hurricanes in their championship year, with nine goals and 17 assists in 25 games.

Stillman was selected sixth overall by Calgary in the 1992 NHL entry draft.