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Kenndal McArdle, Mike Duco and Tyler Plante Sign

Mcardle The Panthers signed three of their restricted free agents on Thursday as forwards
Kenndal McArdle, Mike Duco and goalie Tyler Plante agreed to one-year contracts for next season.

McArdle and Duco both spent time with the Panthers last season but spent the bulk of the season with Florida's AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y. Plante was Rochester's starting goaltender for much of the American's first round playoff series.

All three players signed two-way contracts, meaning they will all likely see time in Rochester again in 2010-11.

McArdle, Florida's first round pick of the 2005 draft, was having a promising season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. McArdle ended up having surgery on both shoulders. Duco spent 10 games with the Panthers last season and will be competing with McArdle for a spot on the Panthers fourth line during training camp.

Here's the Panthers release:

Duco, 23, played in 10 games with Florida last season, registering 50 PIM. The Toronto, Ontario native also appeared in 59 games with Rochester (AHL) last year scoring nine goals with 10 assists and 111 PIM. He played in seven postseason contests with Rochester, scoring one goal with 18 PIM.

McArdle, 23, has played in 22 games with Florida (2008-10) registering three points (1-2-3) and 31 PIM. He also played in 18 games with Rochester (AHL) during the 2009-10 campaign, scoring three goals with five assists and 63 PIM.  The Toronto, Ontario native was drafted by Florida in the first round (20th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Plante, 23, played in 26 games with Rochester (AHL) last season going 12-12-1 with a 2.66 GAA and a .914 save percentage. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native played in seven playoff games with Rochester, going 3-3 with a 2.43 GAA. He was originally drafted by Florida with their second choice (32nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.




 

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These next two months are gonna be the longest of my life, honestly.

Yawn.

Agreed. I want some hockey!

GR, keep bringing the news.

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