The Panthers announced the deal Wednesday, although Welch says everything became official Tuesday night. Anywho, it's done. Welch, acquired from Pittsburgh in the Gary Roberts deal, gets a two-year deal worth $1.3 million.
More important than the cash, however, is the fact that the contract is a one-way contract. Which means he's part of the Panthers from the start. As he said today, that doesn't mean he's going to get playing time. He has to earn that.
It looks like Florida will carry eight d-men, so there is going to be a premium on playing time and the best will get it and the odd two out will get a seat with me in the press box (hey, it's not that bad. You get hot dogs in Carolina during the intermissions, and the popcorn in Tampa Bay is pretty good.)
More in the Herald tomorrow.
-- Today was the last day of volunteer workouts at Incredible Ice. It appeared that almost the whole team was there, although some guys took a break from the ice and did workouts upstairs instead.
Team checks in this morning in Sunrise at the Broward Arena, JM and some players will meet with the gathered media, then it's off to Colorado.
I plan on keeping everyone up to date on things, so my next post will probably be from the Rocky Mountains.