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Florida Panthers Sign Denver Goalie Sam Brittain

Matt Christians

The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with outgoing senior goaltender Sam Brittain of the University of Denver. Brittain was a fourth round draft pick, 92nd overall, by the Panthers in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Brittain had an up-and-down career at Denver, hampered by a knee surgery in 2011 that forced him to miss half of his sophomore season. But he ended his career on a high note as a senior, finishing with a 2.22 GAA and .929 save percentage, and being named one of five finalists for college hockey's top goaltender award.

The Panthers have Roberto Luongo as a starting goalie, and signed former Michigan goalie Al Montoya as a back-up yesterday, so Brittain will likely start his career with the Panthers' AHL affiliate, but there with neither of Florida's NHL goalies looking like long-term solutions, there should certainly be opportunity for Brittain to rise through Florida's ranks if he continue to play well.