The Panthers took defenseman Ben Gallacher in the fourth round, a move that usually wouldn't create much interest being that the 17-year-old will spend another season in the Alberta junior league before moving on to Ohio State in 2011.
Only Gallacher's dad has been making headlines of late as the billionaire Calgary oilman has been named as one of the finalists to purchase the Dallas Stars. Bill Gallacher owns the Portland Winterhawks of the Western junior Hockey League, and various reports say he's offering close to $200 million to buy the Stars away from Bill Hicks.
Hicks is also trying to sell the Texas Rangers but that sale has been tied up because of his various financial obligations and court proceedings.
As for Ben Gallacher, he's ready to continue to grow his game and is excited to take in a Buckeyes football game in the Horseshoe once he gets to Columbus.
“I heard they can hold 109,000 in that building,'' Ben Gallacher said. “I'm looking forward to seeing some games in there.''
-- The Panthers did not offer a qualifying offer to forward Nick Tarnasky, making him a free agent. Tarnasky came to the Panthers in a Thanksgiving Day trade with Nashville in 2008 for Wade Belak.
Florida also let go Luke Beaverson, Peter Aston, Dan Collins and Andrew Sweetland.
Restricted free agents who were tendered qualifying offers were: Mike Duco, Jason Garrison, Jordan Henry, Kenndal McArdle and Tyler Plante.