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Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Dealing with muscle tightness
Verhaeghe is day-to-day due to muscle tightness, Panthers coach Paul Maurice told Colby Guy of Florida Hockey Now on Friday.
Florida isn't too worried about Verhaeghe's injury, especially because the 28-year-old forward dealt with similar issues during the Panthers' 2022 training camp, and he still went on to score 42 goals and 73 points in 81 contests that season. Verhaeghe is expected to serve in a top-six capacity and have a role on the first power-play unit this year.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Eetu Luostarinen: Practices to begin camp
Luostarinen was in Group A for Thursday's first practice of training camp, Colby Guy of Florida Hockey Now reports.
Luostarinen missed five games with a broken tibia at the end of the playoffs, but the 25-year-old appears fine now. The Finnish forward figures to be a middle-six player for much of 2023-24, though he could easily move around the lineup as a versatile forward. He had 43 points, 132 shots on goal and a plus-19 rating in 82 regular-season games last season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Feels healthy for camp
Bennett (lower body) feels healthy after the Panthers' first training camp practice Thursday, Colby Guy of Florida Hockey Now reports.
Bennett played through an injury during the Panthers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. He had 15 points in 20 playoff outings despite the injury. The 27-year-old figures to fill a top-six spot again in 2023-24 -- he's projected to be the Panthers' second-line center behind Aleksander Barkov.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Brett Ritchie: Trying out with Florida
Ritchie signed a professional tryout agreement with the Panthers on Tuesday, per George Richards of Florida Hockey Now.
Ritchie had 13 points in 50 games between the Flames and the Coyotes last season, his highest output since 2017-18. The 30-year-old winger projects as nothing more than a bottom-six option at best, but he'll have a chance to earn a full contract with the Panthers if he does well in camp.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Spencer Knight: Preparing for upcoming season
Knight (personal) is training in South Florida in preparation for the 2023-24 campaign, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.
Knight entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program in March to receive help with managing obsessive compulsive disorder. While the Panthers made it to the Stanley Cup Final without him, Knight will look to reclaim his place as a part of a goaltending tandem with Sergei Bobrovsky. The Panthers also signed Anthony Stolarz this offseason, so there's no guarantee Knight begins 2023-24 in the NHL unless the team carries three netminders. Given his talent and upside, Knight could still win the backup job outright.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk: Ready for training camp
Tkachuk (broken sternum) will be available for the start of training camp, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Tkachuk was forced to sit out Florida's season-ending loss to Vegas in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of a broken sternum. He racked up 11 goals and 13 assists in 20 playoff contests prior to getting injured. Tkachuk amassed 40 goals, 109 points and 123 PIM in 79 games during the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Won't be ready at start of season
Ekblad (shoulder) is expected to be available at some point between November and January, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.
General manager Bill Zito declined to give a specific timeline, but mentioned that both Ekblad and Brandon Montour (shoulder) will be out of action in October. Ekblad is recovering from shoulder surgery while also on the mend from a broken foot and an oblique tear that he played through in the postseason. With Ekblad out to begin the season, Gustav Forsling figures to take on a larger role in all situations, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson could be a candidate to pick up some power-play time.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Brandon Montour: Will miss time
Montour (shoulder) doesn't have a definitive timeline to return, but general manager Bill Zito suggested the defenseman could be back between November and January, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.
Montour's progression from shoulder surgery has gone as planned so far, but he still has a long way to go. The 29-year-old defenseman is expected to be a power-play option while serving in a top-four role once he is cleared to play. Zito added that Montour is likely closer to a return than Aaron Ekblad (shoulder), who is also recovering from surgery and multiple additional injuries from the Panthers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Eetu Luostarinen: Inks three-year extension
Luostarinen (leg) signed a three-year, $9 million contract with Florida on Tuesday.
Luostarinen sat out the final five games of Florida's playoff run because of a broken tibia. During the regular season, he set career highs in goals (17), assists (26), points (43) and shots on net (132) over 82 contests. Luostarinen has developed nicely as a versatile two-way threat for the Panthers. He will probably line up as a middle-six forward during the 2023-24 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Signs in Switzerland
Heponiemi signed a one-year contract with EHC Biel of Switzerland's National League on Friday, George Richards of Florida Hockey Now reports.
Heponiemi appeared in 25 games over three years during his time in the NHL, scoring twice and adding four assists over that span. He spent most of his time with AHL Charlotte over the last two seasons. Heponiemi had 12 goals and 31 assists in 62 AHL games in 2022-23. The Panthers gave Heponiemi a qualifying offer in June, so they will retain his NHL rights for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Casey Fitzgerald: Inks one-year deal
Fitzgerald agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Florida on Monday.
Fitzgerald contributed three assists, 13 shots on goal, 12 blocked shots and 35 hits in 27 games between Buffalo and Florida last season. He only suited up in four contests with the Panthers after being claimed off waivers from the Sabres on Jan. 11. If he isn't assigned to the minors, Fitzgerald is likely to be used sparingly again in 2023-24.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' John Ludvig: Pens two-year contract
Ludwig signed a two-year, two-way contract with Florida on Monday.
Ludwig generated three goals, 17 points and 72 PIM in 54 games with AHL Charlotte last season. The 22-year-old blueliner will probably start the 2023-24 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Rasmus Asplund: Joins Panthers
Asplund inked a one-year, two-way contract with Florida on Wednesday.
Asplund had two goals and eight points in 46 games between Buffalo and Nashville last season. The 25-year-old might be able to earn a roster spot with the Panthers out of training camp, but if he does, Asplund will probably be a healthy scratch fairly often.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Gerald Mayhew: Re-signs with Panthers
Mayhew signed a one-year, two-way contract with Florida on Sunday.
Mayhew supplied 24 goals and 44 points in 69 games with AHL Charlotte last season. He will probably begin the 2023-24 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Evan Rodrigues: Inks four-year deal with Panthers
Rodrigues signed a four-year, $12 million contract with Florida on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Rodrigues collected 16 goals and 39 points in 69 games with Colorado last season. He will add some versatility and depth to Florida's lineup but should slot in primarily as a middle-six option.... See More ... See Less
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