Trocheck signed a six-year contract valued at $4.75 million per season Saturday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Trocheck was a restricted free agent for a day. The immediacy in signing the 22-year-old makes a whole lot of sense given the center's breakout campaign in 2015-16 that included 25 goals, 28 assists and a plus-15 rating. He's a guy you won't want to overlook in fantasy drafts this fall. The Panthers have signed power-play quarterback Keith Yandle -- presumably to be paired with Aaron Ekblad, an offensive force in his own right -- and that means Tro will be receiving plenty of slick passes in the attacking zone.
Trochek received a qualifying offer from Florida on Monday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports. Trochek missed the bulk of the Panthers first-round match up with the Islanders and there should be little doubt that his absence contributed to them failing to advance. With the center healthy next season, Florida is poised to make another run at a cup. Averaging 2:42 in power-play ice time, the 22-year-old was able to tally four goals and nine helpers with the man advantage. It is that type of production level that makes him a top-end fantasy option that owners will want to take a good hard look at.
Trocheck made his return from an ankle injury Friday night, delivering a team-high seven hits in 31:24 of ice time. Unfortunately for the 22-year-old center, his postseason debut went down as a double-overtime loss to the Islanders. Trocheck failed to land on the scoresheet but still made a serious impact with his physical play. Given that he endured such a long night without issue, it's safe to put Trocheck back in fantasy lineups. Game 6 on Sunday presents a must-win game for the Panthers, so use Tro in playoff pools while you can.
Trocheck (ankle) will return to the Panthers' lineup for Friday's Game 5 against the Islanders, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. The Panthers' will be happy to have Trocheck back in the lineup Friday, as he was on fire before going down with an ankle injury on March 29, racking up 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games of the regular season. The 2011 third-round pick is expected to slot into a bottom-six role Friday against the Islanders, skating alongside Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell on Florida's third line. Trocheck could make for a sneaky play in daily contests Friday due to the uncertainty surrounding his status prior to pregame warmups.
Trocheck (ankle) is a game-time decision for Friday night's match against the Islanders, Shannon Hogan of MSG Networks reports. Trocheck, who is believed to be dealing with a fractured ankle, was in a walking boot as recently as Wednesday, but Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel received word that Trocheck could wind up in the lineup Friday and slot in on the third line. As impressive as the Panthers have been this year, their power play has been rather anemic, and it's carried over to the postseason -- eight teams have a better conversion rate than Florida's 18.2 percent. Trocheck would give them a boost in that area since he averaged 2:41 of ice time, with four goals and nine assists, on the man advantage during the regular season.
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