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Cullimore a Cat

Cullimore2The Panthers added some defensive help Friday, signing veteran Jassen Cullimore to a one-year deal.

The stay-home defenseman is expected to spend the next few weeks with AHL Rochester to get back into playing shape. The 35-year-old Cullimore won a Cup with the Bolts, spent last season with Chicago and was in camp this summer with the Red Wings.

This signing leads one to believe that Noah Welch is going to opt for surgery on his torn labrum and be out until at least March. Welch said he was going to wait until this weekend to make the decision, but the thought here is the decision has been made.

According to a release sent out by the Panthers, Cullimore has played in 643  games with Vancouver (1994-97), Montreal (97-98), Tampa (98-2004) and Chicago (06-07).

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-- Update on injuries: David Booth (neck) and Mike Van Ryn (knee) appear to be back in the fold (Booth for sure, MVR pretty close). Rostislav Olesz had one of those 'successful' surgeries, and will be out four to six weeks. JM didn't know if Olesz was in a cast or not, but we'll see him tonight and find out.