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Florida Panthers Prospects: Markstrom's Knee Feels Fine; No Problems, Says Gudbranson; D Tyson Strachan Signs

Some news and notes from Panthers prospect camp:

-- Goalie Jacob Markstrom did not participate in the on-ice stuff after having knee surgery (repaired meniscus) last season.

He says the knee is doing well, but there's no reason to rush things since it's only July. True that.

Markstrom also said he's looking forward to getting this season going. He seemed a lot more comfortable and confident than when we first met him last summer. He knows the Panthers organization now, knows the area much better. That would make anyone relaxed.

-- Assistant general manager Mike Santos continued to refute reports out of Canada that the Panthers and Erik Gudbranson's camp have had their differences. Santos also repeated previous statements that a deal will get done.

Gudbranson, for his part, says there is no animosity and that he's “happy” to be a member of the Florida Panthers.

He completely expects to be with the Panthers this year and has told some that he doesn't think he's returning to his junior team in Kingston, Ontario.

As far as some of Gudbranson's blow ups go, the Panthers have already dismissed them and have no problem with this guy. And they shouldn't. He's going to be a beast. Good hockey mind, good head on his shoulders. I'm thinking a lot of stuff got blown up last year.

-- The Panthers made another move today, signing free agent defenseman Tyson Strachan on a one-year, two way contract.

Strachan, 26, has played in 67 career NHL games -- all with St. Louis (2008-11). He's 6-foot-3 and played at Ohio State from 2003-07.

He should be a nice depth addition to the blue line.

More later. Don't forget to check out the videos from today.

The kids return to the ice Thursday at 9 a.m. Great crowd today.  


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I was there, and was totally amazed by almost all the players size. I know that the players like Rocco and the like are smaller, but for the most part these kids are big! And most are still growing! I had wished there was some sort of scrimmage, but oh well!!!!

Hey George, not sure if you can check into it but seems like the Panthers are right at the limit for the 50 man reserve list with the addition of Strachan. I know the Flyers had to include a guy in a trade just to stay under that limit.

Based on capgeek, they say we're at 46 contracts before Strachan, so now thats 47. But then we still need to re-sign Matthias, Caruso, Plante and Cheverie so that puts us over the 50 limit at 51. Which isnt even including signing Gudbranson. So who is getting traded cause thats the only way it works in my view??

Very good question...will check on this with Mike

Thanks George. But I think I may have figured it out too. It appears that 3 players are eligible for their contracts to "slide" (meaning we dont lose a yr on them and they dont count against that 50 limit): Petrovic, McFarland and Howden. So assuming all 3 return to juniors and we sign all our RFAs too, that puts us at 48 and we can then sign Gudbranson to make it 49.

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