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David Booth led the Panthers in goals last season. ((Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) )

The Florida Panthers re-signed David Booth on Wednesday, locking up the young winger with a six-year contract worth $25.5 million US.

The 24-year-old led the team in goals last season with 31, a career high. He was second on the team in points.

"He's happy to stay in Florida," said Booth's agent, Mike Liut. "They have a young team that they're building toward something. You want to be a part of that."

Booth was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2004 draft. He has 56 goals and 54 assists for Florida in the last three seasons.

"David is coming off a career-best season and he is undoubtedly an important part of our club's future.... Through his hard work, commitment and passion for the game, he has become a role model for other players, as well as a fan favourite," Panthers assistant general manager Randy Sexton said in a statement.

The Panthers also re-signed Radek Dvorak to a two-year deal worth $1.7 million US per season before NHL free agency kicked in Wednesday.

The Czech forward had 15 goals and 21 assists last season.

With files from The Canadian Press