The Florida Panthers have re-signed 23 year old defender Colby Robak to a two year deal. The deal carries a $675,000 cap hit for the next two seasons. Robak’s new contract will be a two way contract in year one but it will switch to an NHL only contract in year two. Robak’s AHL salary will be $100,000 this season while his NHL salary will be $650,000. For the 2014-15 season, Robak will make $700,000 regardless what level he plays at.
The 6’3″ 194 pound Canadian was drafted in the second round (46th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2008 draft. Last season he played in 16 games with the Panthers scoring one assist, his first NHL point. Robak also played in 63 games with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage scoring five goals and 18 assists.
Colby Robak has a chance to make the Panthers out of training camp this season but it is more likely that he will start the year in San Antonio. Even if he is not with the team when they face Dallas on October 3rd, we can expect to see Robak with the Panthers at some point during the season.
In other Panthers news, forward Nick Bjugstad has been invited to attend USA Hockey’s National Team Orientation Camp August 26-27 in Arlington, Virginia. The 48 man roster selected for this camp consists of American professional hockey players hoping to be selected to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics taking place this February in Sochi, Russia.
There will not be any on-ice practices during the two day camp, due to the prohibitive cost that comes with insuring NHL players. The camp will consist mostly of off-ice workouts and some youth centered on ice activities.
Nick Bjugstad is definitely a long shot to making the Sochi roster but at the very least this invitation is a step in the right direction.