Panthers have now come to agreements with all restricted free agents except for winger Jimmy Hayes. Florida signed center Brandon Pirri to a two-year deal earlier this week. "He's very highly skilled, has a great shot,'' Tallon said. "We'll use him a lot for offense. He'll get stronger and better defensively as he goes.'' Hayes -- who scored a career-high 11 goals after coming over to Florida in the Kris Versteeg deal with Chicago -- has elected to take the team to arbitration. Hayes' hearing is scheduled for July 29 in Toronto. The Panthers and Hayes could come to an agreement beforehand, however, and Tallon said the two sides were still talking. "We hope to get a deal done before arbitration,'' Tallon said. "He's the only guy left.'' Florida also has seven defensemen under contract for next season not including Aaron Ekblad, the top pick in last month's draft. Ekblad is expected to get a chance to make the team in training camp with Tallon saying there's no rush to make a deal.
Tallon hopes to avoid arbitration with Hayes, ‘not worried’ about signing Ekblad
Miami Herald | Jul 19