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Panthers sign GM Zito to multi-year extension

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The Florida Panthers announced Monday they signed general manager Bill Zito to a multi-year contract extension.

Zito, 59, also now becomes the Panthers' president of hockey operations.

"From his first day as a Panther, Bill has demonstrated his complete commitment to success both on and off the ice," owner Vincent Viola said. "He has worked steadfastly and tirelessly to establish a new standard of excellence for our franchise. The future has never looked brighter in South Florida and we are thrilled that Bill will continue to lead the way."

Zito was hired by the Panthers in 2020 after seven seasons as an assistant GM with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Florida has made the playoffs each season with Zito at the helm, including a Presidents' Trophy in 2022 and a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2023.

The Pittsburgh native has twice been a finalist for the GM of the Year award. On Friday, he was named an assistant GM on Team USA's staff for the 2025 4 Nations Face-Off and 2026 Olympics.

Zito's marquee move to date is the acquisition of star forward Matthew Tkachuk in 2022, which sent franchise stalwart Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, and a first-round pick to the Calgary Flames.

The Panthers also added Sam Reinhart, Carter Verhaeghe, Sam Bennett, Gustav Forsling, and Brandon Montour during Zito's tenure as GM.

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