#FlaPanthers Monday Notebook: Huberdeau Takes Day Off, OK; Injury Updates (Kind Of) for Gudbranson, Goc and Bergenheim
Rookie forward Jonathan Huberdeau didn't practice Monday as the Panthers gave him a day off because of what coach Kevin Dineen described as "a few aches and pains" coming off the World Junior Championship tournament in Russia.
GM Dale Tallon said Huberdeau would be on the ice Tuesday.
"It was a minor little thing we had to get checked out by the doctors,'' Tallon said. "He's ready to go.''
-- Dineen said defenseman Erik Gudbranson (shoulder) and center Marcel Goc (ankle) will miss at least the first three games of the season.
Tallon said the extent of Sean Bergenheim's injury -- he was hurt on Oct. 2 playing in Finland -- isn't immediately known.
Gudbranson isn't being paid by the team because he was hurt wakeboarding in Canada in September; Goc was hurt playing for a German team during the Spengler Cup and Tallon said he isn't being paid until he is medically cleared either.
With Goc out, Dineen said he would use Peter Mueller at center. On Monday, he centered the second line with veteran right winger Alex Kovalev -- who is in camp trying out for a contract. Huberdeau is expected to be on the left side of that line.
-- Tallon said assistant general manager Mike Santos has taken over the negotiations with the agent for restricted free agent Dmitry Kulikov.
"Mike is really good at what he does,'' Tallon said. "I'm sure he'll get him done.''
PANTHERS TRAINING CAMP
-- When, Where: Tuesday, 10 a.m.; Saveology.com Iceplex, Coral Springs
-- Admission: Free
-- Directions: The Iceplex is located one-half mile east of the Sawgrass Expressway off Sample Road and Sportsplex Drive.
-- Season Opener: Saturday vs. Carolina; BB&T Center, Sunrise, 7:30 p.m.
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