The Florida Panthers had a busy weekend that included introducing a new ownership group, signing a trio of players, executing a trade with the New Jersey Devils, and making some final roster cuts. Here is a quick roundup of all the latest goings on:
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Panthers Trade For Krys Barch
The Panthers traded C Scott Timmins and a sixth round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for RW Krys Barch and a seventh round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Barch, 33, played in 41 games for the Panthers during the 2011-12 season scoring two goals, three assists for five points. Barch will provided some toughness at the bottom of the Panthers roster which as been lacking an enforcer type player.
Timmins, 24, has spent most of his career playing in the Panthers minor league system. He has potential but so far he has been unable to establish a spot on an NHL roster. He has played in 24 NHL games scoring one goal and zero assists.
Panthers Sign D Tom Gilbert and F Brad Boyes
Boyes, 31, and Gilbert, 30, were in camp with the Panthers on PTOs. Both players impressed enough to earn one year deals with the Panthers. Boyes’ deal is worth $1,000,000 while Gilbert’s is worth $900,000.
Panthers Sign D Ryan Whitney
The Panthers added to their roster on Sunday night with the signing of 30 year old defenseman Ryan Whitney.
Whitney, 6’4″ 219 lbs, was on a tryout with the St. Louis Blues but did not stick. Last year he played in 34 games for the Oilers and scored 13 points (4-9-13).
Whitney could provide some scoring punch and he could also help out on the power play. He has had a productive career topping the 20 point mark six times in his ten years in the league. His best season came in 06-07 when he totaled 59 points (14-45-59) for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
His deal with the Panthers is reportedly worth $900,000, according to Bob McKenzie.
Panthers Demote Bobby Butler and Quinton Howden
In what should be the final cuts to the forwards on the roster, the Panthers loaned forwards Bobby Butler and Quinton Howden to AHL San Antonio. Howden was the first to go and it appeared that Butler made the team until the Barch trade. Butler ended up being the man sent down to make room on the roster for Barch. The Panthers now have 14 forwards and this is probably the group we will see starting the season. Here is how I could see everybody lining up:
Scratch: Jesse Winchester, Krys Barch
On the defensive end, the addition of Whitney means the Panthers have eight men on the roster so I expect someone will end up getting sent back to San Antonio. Here is how I see things shaking out:
Scratch: Ryan Whitney
Demoted: Matt Gilroy
I think initially, Whitney will be the healthy scratch just because he may need sometime to adjust to his new team. The player cut will most likely be Colby Robak or Matt Gilroy.