The Florida Panthers have announced that a former Panther draft pick, Filip Kuba was signed today to a two year deal worth $ 8 million dollars. This virtually seals the deal of Jason Garrison leaving via free agency.
I don’t think this was the former Panther most people thought would be returning home, however in light of the Garrison situation, it makes some sense.
Kuba, is a 34 year old defencemen that was drafted by the Panthers in 1995 in the 8th round, 192nd overall, has spent the four seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Listed at 6′ 4″ and 225 lbs, he’s not necessarily a “tough” defenceman, but will certainly play some very good minutes, and can be used in all situations.
Kuba played 18 games for the Panthers and was then traded to the Calgary Flames for Rocky Thompson.
The reasoning for this signing is basically that Garrison wanted not only significantly more money, somewhere in the $5.5 million dollar range, but also a longer deal. Garrison has a cannon of a shot, who scored 16 goals last season, however only three came after February.
Kuba is a solid stay at home defenceman, who is good a good passer, and a solid defender. I think it’s a decent move but I sort of question the amount.
We’ll have more on Kuba in a few days.
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