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Colby Robak Sent To AHL, Roster Almost Complete


The Florida Panthers have sent defensemen Colby Robak to the AHL San Antonio Rampage, according to George Richards.

Robak, 23, looked like he was on his way to making the opening night roster but the recent signings of veteran defensemen Tom Gilbert and Ryan Whitney left Robak on the outside looking in.

With the cut to Robak, the Panthers roster is down to 24 players. To get to the 23 man roster limit, the Panthers are expected to make a decision about one of the three goaltenders currently on the roster. Signs point to Tim Thomas and Jacob Markstrom making the team so Scott Clemmensen will likely be sent to the Rampage in the coming days.

As we enter the season the Panthers have three players on injured reserve, F Steve Pinizzotto, F Nick Bjugstad and D Ed Jovanovski. Sean Bergenheim could be joining the IR soon as he appears to be a couple weeks away seeing any game action.

Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards was on hand for the Panthers practice today and he was kind enough to tweet the offensive lines. Here is how the team practiced:

Fleischmann-Goc-Versteeg

Huberdeau-Barkov-Boyes

Winchester-Matthias-Kopecky

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Richards also tweeted that Barch, Crabb and Bergenheim played together on a scratch line today.

Colby Robak’s demotion means the defensive pairings will be made up of the following players: Brian Campbell, Erik Gudbranson, Dmitry Kulikov, Mike Weaver, Tom Gilbert, Ryan Whitney, and Matt Gilroy. My guess is that Whitney will be the player to sit out Friday’s game against the Stars because he is so new to the team.

The defensive pairings are not set in stone but I think Gudbranson, Kulikov, Campbell and Weaver in some combination will be the top four and Gilbert, Whitney and Gilroy will round out the bottom of the lineup.

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