Signing Analysis

Apr 02 2024

6"8 College UFA signs with Florida

By Evan Davis
2024-2026 Entry Level Contract
cap hit$950,000$950K
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Signed On Apr 2 2024
Signing Agent John Kofi Osei-Tutu
Signed On Apr 2 2024
Signing Status age 23
% Cap Contract Start 1.08%
Qualifying Offer $897,750$898K
Abbreviated $Amounts
Buy Out
Buy Out
Cap Hit $950,000$950K $950,000$950K RFAage 25
AAV $950,000$950K $950,000$950K
Base $855,000$855K $855,000$855K
Performance Bonuses - -
Signing Bonuses $95,000$95K $95,000$95K
Total Salary $950,000$950K $950,000$950K
Minors Salary $80,000$80K $80,000$80K
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Cooper Black, a 22 year-old 6-foot-8 goaltender who just finished his second season with Dartmouth College, has inked a two-year entry-Level contract with the Florida Panthers that begins in the 2024-2025 season. Mike McMahon, publisher of the College Hockey Insider newsletter, had a report of the signing first. Black is slated to make $855,000 in the NHL, $80,000 in the minors, along with a $95,000 signing bonus which is the max salary and signing bonus, per PuckPedia, who had the contract details first. 

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Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Black was a star in his lone season in the BCHL with the Nanaimo Clippers, where he earned the best save percentage in the league with a .924 SV%. In his two seasons at Dartmouth, Black had a 2.82 GAA and .904 SV% as well as five shutouts in 60 career games. Black made the NCAA (ECAC) All-Rookie Team during the 2022-2023 season in which he had three shutouts in 30 games. 

Black had attended Panthers development camp last summer and will now head to Charlotte to join Florida’s AHL team on a PTO. With Spencer Knight already in Charlotte, Black will have the opportunity to learn from one of the game's most exciting young goaltenders. 

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