Filip Kuba, after a one year stint in South Florida, is already on his way out. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Panthers will buyout the 36 year old defenseman.
His career was revitalized after pairing up with Senators Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson. In 2012 Kuba signed a two-year deal worth $8 million with the Panthers. He was brought on to lessen the blow of losing Jason Garrison to the Vancouver Canucks. That plan did not really work though.
Kuba played over 21 minutes a night, but he was a defensive liability and did not offer too much offensively. In 44 games with the Panthers he registered just 10 points and a minus-18.
The Panthers are choosing to use a standard buyout, instead of a compliance buyout. A standard buyout means the Panthers will still have to pay for Kuba’s owed $4 million, and that $4 million will go against Florida’s cap. The Panthers still have two compliance buyouts that they can save for next year.