SUNRISE, Fla. Florida Panthers General ManagerBill Zitoannounced today that the club has agreed to terms with defensemanKevin Connautonon a one-year, two-way contract. Connauton is expected to be assigned to the Panthers Taxi Squad.

Connauton, 30, appeared in four regular season games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2019-20 and 38 regular season games with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League (AHL), producing 27 points (5-22-27).

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, has appeared in 314 career National Hockey League regular season games with Colorado (2019-20), the Arizona Coyotes (2015-16 to 2018-19), Columbus Blue Jackets (2014-15 to 2015-16) and Dallas Stars (2013-14 to 2014-15).

He was originally selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Connauton signed a professional tryout with the Panthers on Dec. 27, 2020.

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