Tuesday was one heck of a night for Nick Bjugstad.
Not long after scoring the game-tying goal in an eventual 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal, the Panthers' center was signing a six-year deal with the team sources told The Miami Herald.
Bjugstad, a restricted free agent following this season, will get $4.1 million annually.
"He's a cornerstone piece to the franchise,'' the source said.
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Bjugstad's new deal will be announced by the team on Wednesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota graduate scored his team-leading 13th goal with under two minutes left to help the Panthers force overtime and at least get a point out of their game with the Canadiens.
Last year, Bjugstad led the Panthers in scoring with 38 points as a rookie.
Bjugstad left Minnesota in 2012 and signed with the Panthers, the 11 games he played burning a year off his entry level contract.