Florida Panthers loan Harri Sateri to the Springfield Thunderbirds

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 8, 2016: Vityaz Moscow Region's goaltender Harri Sateri seen during the 2016/2017 KHL Regular Season ice hockey match against CSKA Moscow at CSKA Ice Palace. CSKA Moscow won the game 5-2. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 8, 2016: Vityaz Moscow Region's goaltender Harri Sateri seen during the 2016/2017 KHL Regular Season ice hockey match against CSKA Moscow at CSKA Ice Palace. CSKA Moscow won the game 5-2. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images) /
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The Florida Panthers have been quite busy the last couple of days picking up a goaltender and recently loaning Harri Sateri to Springfield.

With Roberto Luongo going down with a hand injury recently, the Panthers acted quickly and immediately picked Antti Niemi up from waivers. Niemi, who was recently waived by Pittsburgh, posts a SV% of .797 and holds a frightful slash line of 0-3-0.

Allowing sixteen goals in his past three games with the Penguins, his former team had no choice but to place the 34-year-old on waivers. Antti will now backup James Reimer in-goal and will be called upon in crucial/emergency situations.

With Niemi’s arrival comes Sateri’s demotion. Dale Tallon announced today (on Wednesday, October 25th) that Harri Sateri will be loaned out to the Springfield Thunderbirds. Harri has featured in two games with the Thunderbirds, posting a 4.51 GAA, .859 SV% and retaining an overall record of 0-2-0.

The Springfield Thunderbirds, who are massively struggling, will look for Sateri to improve his game and step up when needed. Harri was seen on the bench last game against Montreal, waiting anxiously for his turn to appear in his first NHL hockey game. Unfortunately for the 27-year-old’s sake, he’ll just have to wait a bit longer.

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Make sure to catch the Panthers live in action tomorrow (October 25th, 2017) at the BB&T Center, where your Cats will take on the injured riddled Anaheim Ducks. Puck drop is @ 7:30pm!