Verhaeghe agreed to terms on a three-year, $12.5 million contract extension with the Panthers on Wednesday, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports. Verhaeghe will see a significant upgrade from the $1 million he will earn this season, as he starts making $4.2 million AAV starting with the 2022-23 campaign. If the 25-year-old center can continue to build on the 36-point season he put together last year, Florida will certainly be happy to have shelled out the extra dollars.
Verhaeghe scored a goal in Saturday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4. Verhaeghe attempted to give the Panthers life late in the second period, scoring in close on a backhander on the power play. The 25-year-old enjoyed career highs in goals and assists this regular season with 36 points in 43 games. He also added four shots on goal and two hits in this contest but was a minus-3.
Verhaeghe recorded an assist, two shots on net and three hits in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 2. Verhaeghe continues to excel in a top-six role. He's picked up a point in each of the Panthers' two playoff games so far. The 25-year-old has also earned four shots on net, three hits and an even plus-minus rating in the postseason. Verhaeghe will likely continue on Aleksander Barkov's line, which makes him a solid option in DFS for Thursday's Game 3 in Tampa.
Verhaeghe scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Lightning in Game 1. Verhaeghe won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning last year, but his first playoff goal came against his old team. It looks like he will carry over the momentum of a strong regular season (18 goals, 18 assists in 43 games) to the postseason. Verhaeghe is likely to maintain a top-six role with power-play duties, which could give him some appeal in DFS.
Verhaeghe (upper body) will make his return Monday against the Lightning, George Richards of Florida Hockey Now reports. Verhaeghe hasn't played since April 10 but will have a chance to get back up to speed in Monday's season finale before these two teams face off in the first round of the playoffs. He racked up 17 goals and 18 assists over 42 appearances in a breakout sophomore season prior to getting hurt, and Verhaeghe's expected to skate in his customary top-six role Monday.
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