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SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Any notable NHL free-agent signings will be posted here throughout the day.  

Jason Demers signs with the Florida Panthers.

Jason Demers signs with the Florida Panthers.

 MIAMI HERALD:  The Florida Panthers made the biggest of Saturday’s (July 2) signings, inking defenseman Jason Demers to a five-year, $22.5 million contract. They also re-signed center Vincent Trocheck to a six-year deal worth $4.75 million AAV. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Both are reasonable deals for the Panthers. Demers will replace the departed Dimitry Kulikov and his annual salary-cap hit ($4.5 million) is only slightly more than the $4.33 million they would’ve owed Kulikov this season.

Trocheck, 22, enjoyed a breakout performance in 2015-16 with 25 goals and 53 points to move into the second-line center spot. If he continues to average those numbers over the course of his new contract, it’ll be a worthwhile signing for the Panthers.

NEWSDAY:  Winger P-A Parenteau is returning to the New York Islanders, signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract. He played two seasons with the Isles from 2010 to 2012, which were also his best statistically, netting 53 and 67 points respectively. 

TORONTO SUN:  Defenseman Roman Polak is coming back to Toronto, inking a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed left winger Chris Terry and defenceman Philip Samuelsson to one-year, two-way contracts.

THE WASHINGTON POST:  The Capitals signed center Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way deal. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  Right wing Shane Doan remains confident of re-signing with the Coyotes. 

THE VANCOUVER SUN:  Dave Cameron, Doug Jarvis, Keith Acton, Nolan Baumgartner and Dave Lowry are the top-five candidates for the Canucks’ vacant assistant-coaching job. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes signing bonuses and second contracts could be among the hot-button issues that point to another NHL lockout, perhaps as early as 2020.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL can trigger the early termination of the current CBA (due to expire in September 2022) on Sept. 1, 2019, meaning a lockout could take place following the end of the 2019-20 season. While I’m hoping that doesn’t happen, I’ve already started saving up for my lockout fund.