Sam Reinhart celebrating a goal for the Florida Panthers
Will Sam Reinhart stay in Florida?

Sam Reinhart is on a tear. The pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) is flirting with the 60-goal mark, a career-best for him. But amidst this stellar performance, the question on every hockey fan’s mind is: can the Florida Panthers afford to keep their star forward?

The Panthers have already committed substantial cap space to their core stars. Aleksander Barkov, Matthew Tkachuk, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Gustav Forsling all hold hefty long-term contracts. With these big guns already locked down, financial flexibility is a concern.

Can the Florida Panthers Keep Sam Reinhart?

Insider Darren Dreger, appearing on TSN’s Insider Trading, suggests contract conversations between the Panthers and Reinhart’s representation are underway, with a positive outlook. Of course, the numbers are going to be hefty. Recent signings like William Nylander with Toronto and Elias Pettersson in Vancouver provide a benchmark for what Reinhart might command.

Reinhart’s value is sky-high right now. A 60-goal scorer brings immense offensive power. If the Panthers cannot match his market worth, Reinhart could be wearing a new jersey next season. Rival teams will undoubtedly be lining up with offers if Florida can’t finalize a deal.

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