Player News - Panthers

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Lawson Crouse completed the Panthers' development camp with a flurry.

The team's top draft pick in last week's entry draft scored a hat trick and a shootout goal on the final day to earn praise from the Florida coaching staff. Although known more for his hard-nosed style of play, Crouse may have quite a bit more offensive potential than even optimistic scouts believe. Keep an eye on him in training camp as he may have an outside chance to make the Cats' roster.
Jul 4 - 10:09 AM

Rob Flick has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.

This is a depth signing and Flick is expected to start the 2015-16 campaign in AHL Portland. He had 19 goals and 24 points in 65 AHL contests last season.
Jul 2 - 10:33 AM

Reilly Smith will join Marc Savard as they head to Florida in exchange for Jimmy Hayes.

Smith took a step back from his 20 goal and 51-point rookie season, tallying just 13 goals and 40 points in 2014-15. He'll ding the cap at $3.425M the next two seasons, and with Savard will cost about $7.4M in cap space the next two seasons.
Jul 1 - 7:03 PM

Marc Savard's contract was packaged with Reilly Smith in a trade sent to Florida in exchange for Jimmy Hayes.

Savard's time in the NHL is over as he hasn't played since the 2010-11 season. He'll be put on LTIR when the 2015-16 begins, and cost the Panthers just $575K in real salary the next two seasons before it expires.
Jul 1 - 6:59 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed defenseman Brent Regner to a two-year/two-way contract.

Regner had been in the Columbus organization but the Blue Jackets did not give him a qualifying offer. He had six goals and 29 points in 71 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season.
Jul 1 - 4:16 PM

Cameron Gaunce has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Florida.

He posted four goals and 14 points in 73 games with the Texas Stars of the AHL last season.
Jul 1 - 4:14 PM

Shane Harper has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Florida.

He netted 32 goals and 50 points in 75 games for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season. He will probably stay in the minors next season.
Jul 1 - 1:33 PM

Defenseman Sena Acolatse has signed a one-year/two-way deal with the Florida Panthers.

The 24-year-old defenseman had six goals and 19 points in 38 games for the Adirondack Flames. He will be a depth defenseman at best.
Jul 1 - 1:32 PM

Mike McKenna has signed a two-year, two-way contract with Florida.

"McKenna is an experienced goalie who helped lead Portland to the playoffs last season," said GM Dale Tallon in a statement. He posted a 27-18-6 record in the AHL with a 2.24 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and seven shutouts last season.
Jul 1 - 1:28 PM

Brad Boyes has been put on unconditional waivers by Florida.

The Panthers intend to use a buyout on him if he clears. Boyes has one year remaining on his contract and was due $2.5 million. His buyout will open up another roster spot for the Panthers, as they continue their youth movement. Boyes had 14 goals and 38 points in 78 games last campaign.
Jun 30 - 12:29 PM

Michael Houser will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He was not presented with a qualifying offer from the Florida Panthers. Houser posted a 19-9-4 record with a 2.83 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage last season in the AHL. Florida chose goaltenders Samuel Montembeault and Ryan Bednard in the 2015 draft and last March they signed Colin Stevens out of college. Those moves made Houser expendable. Andrew Yogan, Shayne Taker, Jesse Blacker and Ryan Martindale will also be going to free agency.
Jun 30 - 11:49 AM

Lawson Crouse impressed Florida's brass at the team's development camp practice on Monday.

"I really liked him," said GM Dale Tallon. "Really smooth for his size. The skating ability is very good. His puckhanding skills are terrific. He has that sandpaper part to him with the size and toughness. Very impressed with how smooth he was in all aspects of the game." Crouse was chosen 11th overall by the Panthers after he was ranked fifth by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters going into the draft. Florida has high hopes for him as a physical, two-way winger.
Jun 30 - 11:35 AM

GM Dale Tallon believes a new contract will be finalized with Jonathan Huberdeau soon.

"I think we'll get this down very shortly," Tallon said. "We're very close on getting something done. I don't see any problems." Huberdeau is eligible for restricted free agency after producing 54 points in 79 games last season.
Jun 29 - 11:51 AM

Michael Matheson will be in attendance when the Panthers open development camp on Monday.

This will be at his first camp with Florida after spending the past three seasons at Boston College. Matheson is expected to start next season in the AHL, where he had two helpers in five outings at the end of 2014-15 while playing on an amateur tryout. He is a highly-regarded prospect and could be someone to watch at training camp.
Jun 29 - 11:47 AM

The Florida Panthers tried to land goaltender Cam Talbot, but the Rangers decided to ship him to Edmonton instead.

Many believe that Talbot was one of the best goalies available this off-season. Landing in Edmonton is probably better for his career, as he probably wouldn't have been the starter in Florida with Roberto Luongo in town. "We were one of the finalists — it was down to the wire," General Manager Dale Tallon said. "It was obviously between us and Edmonton. There were four or five in the mix and it came down to the two of us. I guess they wanted Cam to play out west, so that didn’t work in our favor. It just didn’t happen." The Panthers reportedly offered a pair of third round picks, a fifth round pick and forward Jimmy Hayes.
Jun 28 - 12:07 PM

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