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Roster Battles? Not Many

ClipboardComing into training camp, don't see too many slots available for this year's version of the Florida Panthers.

One would think that's a good thing.

Don't know how many players JM plans on carrying (he can carry 20 on the roster or as many as 23) this season, but we'll know after the final exhibition game at Atlanta on Sept. 28. After that, the team comes home, JM makes the final roster cuts and we all head to West Point, N.Y. to gear up for the start of the regular season.

Here's my take on the roster situation, barring injuries or such:

-- Forwards (12-13)

IN (11): Olli Jokinen, Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss, Gregory Campbell, Radek Dvorak, Brett McLean, Rostislav Olesz, Ville Peltonen, Jozef Stumpel, Richard Zednik, David Booth.

Looking to get in: Drew Larman, Kamil Kreps, Rob Globke, Anthony Stewart.

-- Defensemen (8)

In (8): Bryan Allen, Jay Bouwmeester, Branislav Mezei, Steve Montador, Cory Murphy, Ruslan Salei, Mike Van Ryn, Noah Welch.

-- Goalies (2)

In (2): Tomas Vokoun, Craig Anderson.

So there you are. Makes for a not-so-interesting camp since it appears all is set. No goalie controversy, no real fights. But JM should be able to get his team to gel throughout this camp since he knows who is going to be around.