The Latest: Panthers give goalie Reimer 5-year deal

The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):

2:45 p.m.

The Florida Panthers have another backup goalie behind starter Roberto Luongo.

Florida signed James Reimer to a five-year contract Thursday, a week after acquiring Reto Berra in a trade with Colorado.

Reimer went 17-14-7 last season with Toronto and San Jose, posting a 2.31 goals against average and .922 save percentage in 40 games.

The 28-yer-old Reimer was dealt to the Sharks before the trade deadline and played well as Martin Jones’ backup down the stretch with a 6-2 record and 1.62 goals against average. He had three shutouts in eight games with San Jose.

The 37-year-old Luongo started 60 games last season for Florida, going 35-19-6 with a 2.35 goals against average. Luongo is under contract through the 2020-21 season.


2:40 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes have given Lee Stempniak a two-year contract.

General manager Ron Francis says Stempniak has agreed to terms on a deal worth $2.5 million per season.

The 33-year-old Stempniak had 19 goals and 33 assists in 82 games with New Jersey and Boston last season, and has 184 goals during an 11-season NHL career that also includes stints in St. Louis,…

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