Tim Thomas' new Panther contract could be announced at tomorrow's press conference. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers To Announce New Owners In Press Conference Tomorrow

The Florida Panthers will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. to announce the sale of the team to Vincent Viola, a New York based businessman. The press conference will be held in Club RED By Stoli at the BB&T Center.

According to Forbes, the Panthers are being sold for $240 million. A group led by current majority owner Cliff Viner purchased the Panthers for $200 million four years ago.

Current team president Michael Yormark will retain his role under the new owners.

Tim Thomas Deal Close

The Panthers have a deal in place to sign veteran goalie Tim Thomas and they are just waiting for ownership change to become official before making the announcement, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The deal will not be done today and Thomas will most likely make his debut in the Panthers final pre-season game on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It is speculated that the Panthers will announce the Thomas signing at tomorrow’s press conference.

It is also looking more and more like Thomas will win the starting job and Jacob Markstrom will start the season as the backup.

Pre-season debuts:

Both Jonathan Huberdeau and Kris Versteeg will be making their pre-season debuts in tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Huberdeau has been held out of the pre-season for cautionary reasons as he had his hip operated on during the off-season. Versteeg tore his ACL on March 13, 2013 in a game against the Lightning.  On Monday he was cleared by doctors to return to game action.

Tonight’s game will be huge for bubble players: Joey Crabb, Jesse Winchester, Bobby Butler and Quinton Howden. One of these players will probably be sent down to San Antonio before the start of the season.

Aleksander Barkov should be in the lineup tonight as well.

What do you think about the new owners? Do you think Thomas or Markstrom deserve the starting role? Which player(s) do you see getting cut? Share your thoughts below and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@FansidedTheRat).





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