Once the New Jersey Devils announced that they would be putting Nikita Gusev on waivers for the purpose of contract termination, the Florida Panthers immediately showed interest in signing him. Sunday afternoon they made it official, signing the forward to a one year, one million dollar contract.
Gusev who was once a highly touted prospect coming from the KHL has had a pretty underwhelming season with the Devils only putting up 5 points in 20 games, quite the let down from his first season with the club where he put together a 44 point season in just 66 games.
Gusev had 49 points playing 86 games over the last two seasons with the #NJDevils
— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) April 11, 2021
Here is what Florida Panthers GM Bill Zito had to say about the signing:
Panthers GM Zito: "Nikita is a highly skilled & creative forward who plays the game with great speed & playmaking ability. He has proven himself to be a tremendous offensive talent throughout his career. We are thrilled for Nikita to join the Panthers."
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) April 11, 2021
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