The Quad-City Mallards continue to bolster their offense this offseason, re-signing forward Sam Warning Tuesday.

Warning returns for his third season with the Mallards after playing in 68 games last year.

"Sam is a very significant signing for us," Mallards head coach Phil Axtell said. "He's a guy I can put on the ice with less than two minutes to play with the game on the line. He plays on both the power play and the penalty kill and can play all three forward positions."

Warning scored 24 goals and added 30 assists last season. The longest-tenured Mallard, Warning has played in 133 games with the team, scoring 40 goals and adding 45 assists.

"In addition to his versatility, Sam has NHL-caliber speed and I expect his production will increase in his third year of pro hockey," Axtell said. "As great a hockey player as he is, he's an even better person so we are absolutely thrilled we'll have Sam in a Mallards sweater next season."

Warning's return, along with the re-signings of Chris Francis and Josh MacDonald, marks the first time since 2006 the Mallards have brought back three of their five leading point scorers.

The remaining two, Justin Kovacs and Michael Parks, received qualifying offers from the team but have yet to sign.

"I'm excited about coming back, having a consistent year and helping the team win," Warning said. "With Coach Axtell back for a full season as head coach and the way he always strives for excellence, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season."

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