Panthers agree to terms with Melchiori

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The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman Julian Melchiori on a one-year, two-way contract.

Melchiori, 26, appeared in 49 regular-season games with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose last season, setting career highs with four goals, 14 points and a plus-14 rating. He added two goals and four assists in seven Calder Cup Playoff games.

A third-round pick by Atlanta in the 2010 NHL Draft, Melchiori spent six seasons in the Winnipeg Jets organization, appearing in 324 AHL games with Manitoba and St. John’s while collecting 12 goals and 42 assists for 54 points. He also has two assists in 30 career NHL games with the Jets.