The Florida Panthers skipped salary arbitration by signing forward Kris Versteeg to a four-year contract Monday with an average value of $4.4 million per season.

"Kris played an important role in our club's success last season and we are pleased to have reached a long-term contract agreement with him," executive vice president and general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "He is a skilled player who recorded career highs in goals and points last season while playing on our top line alongside Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischman. We look forward to his continued offensive production, as well as his off-ice contributions in the South Florida community."

Versteeg was scheduled for an arbitration hearing Monday.

Versteeg, 26, scored 23 goals in 71 games last season and had a career-high 54 points. He set a franchise record with 25 points in a 20-game span, including a hat trick on Nov. 10.