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The 10 best value contracts signed this summer

Aaron Ekblad's eight-year contract worth $7.5 million per season will look better and better as he continues to develop. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers made a huge splash in free agency, reeling in Keith Yandle in a trade with the New York Rangers. They signed goalie James Reimer, and filled out their defense with the addition of Jason Demers at a reasonable price.

Free agency is fun, but most impressive was the Panthers keeping one of their own, signing franchise defenseman Aaron Ekblad to an eight-year contract worth $7.5 million per season. It wasn't cheap, but it was the most important deal Tom Rowe made in his first offseason as general manager.