Florida Panthers Set Initial Roster, Cannot Sign Eric Staal

SUNRISE — The Florida Panthers were given beneath the NHL wage cap ceiling through the 5 p.m. cut-off date on Monday as they set their preliminary roster through making a few strikes together with formally putting Anthony Duclair on long-term injured reserve.

General supervisor Bill Zito showed the Panthers will get started off with 20 avid gamers — 3 beneath the league roster most which means they’re going to get dressed all avid gamers for video games to begin out.

”We are going to have to regulate it for some time,” Zito mentioned, “until situations present themselves to get some more players up.”

With the Panthers being so shut up towards the wage cap, it used to be not able so as to add Eric Staal presently.

Staal, 37, didn’t observe with the staff Monday morning however his apparatus used to be nonetheless within the staff locker room on the enviornment. He has been launched from his skilled tryout.

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“We have talked to him, have talked to his agent and we are trying to figure out a way to keep it alive,” Zito mentioned. “He is a guy who, given the flexibility of a larger roster, is someone we have interest in. We’re trying to keep it alive.”

On Monday afternoon, the Panthers claimed defenseman Josh Mahura off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks whilst the six avid gamers they put on waivers the day ahead of handed via.

All six of the avid gamers — together with Aleksi Heponiemi, Lucas Carlsson, Michael Del Zotto and Chris Tierney — might be loaned to Charlotte.

As for Mahura, he’s en path to South Florida and is predicted to enroll in his new teammates for observe on Tuesday morning.

Florida nonetheless has seven defensemen with the staff despite the fact that rookie Matt Kiersted were given harm in the second one length of Saturday’s preseason finale in Tampa and is at the IR.

Zac Dalpe and Justin Sourdif additionally stay with the staff on IR.

So, with six defensemen to begin the season, Mahura is for sure going to seek out really extensive enjoying time with the Panthers.

”This is a man our scouts actually, actually appreciated,” Zito mentioned. “He is someone we had discussions about. With only 20 on the roster, our scouts saw some upsides and he was worth taking a chance on.”



Colin White; Sam Bennett; Sam Reinhart; Anton Lundell; Sasha Barkov; Matthew Tkachuk; Nick Cousins; Carter Verhaeghe; Eetu Luostarinen; Rudolfs Balcers; Patric Hornqvist; Ryan Lomberg. LTIR: Anthony Duclair; IR: Zac Dalpe, Justin Sourdif.


Aaron Ekblad; Radko Gudas; Marc Staal; Gus Forsling; Brandon Montour; Josh Mahura. IR: Matt Kiersted


Sergei Bobrovsky; Spencer Knight



  • When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: UBS Arena; Elmont, N.Y. 
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM/SiriusXM
  • Last season: Florida received 3-0
  • All-time common season sequence: Panthers lead 54-32-11, 8 ties

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