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Panthers Goalie Signs $8.4M Deal

October 23, 1999

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida Panthers goaltender Trevor Kidd took a short-term pay cut, signing a long-term contract Saturday that will keep him with the team through the 2002-03 season.

Kidd signed a four-year, $8.4 million deal, which includes a base salary of $1.5 million this season and $2.3 million each of the next three years.

Kidd agreed to the new deal before training camp in August.

The 27-year-old Kidd would have made $2 million in base salary this season, but the contract was only a two-year deal, which he signed with Carolina last year.

``They approached me, and I took a little cut from what I was supposed to make this year in order to do it,″ Kidd said. ``But it was a good thing for me and my family.″

Kidd, who is 4-1-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average this season, was traded to the Panthers from Atlanta on the day of the expansion draft.

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