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#FlaPanthers Monday Notebook: Huberdeau Takes Day Off, OK; Injury Updates (Kind Of) for Gudbranson, Goc and Bergenheim

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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.''

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#FlaPanthers Monday Notebook: Huberdeau Takes Day Off, OK; Injury Updates (Kind Of) for Gudbranson, Goc and Bergenheim

#FlaPanthers Monday Notebook: Huberdeau Takes Day Off, OK; Injury Updates (Kind Of) for Gudbranson, Goc and Bergenheim

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-- 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.''

Well, he didn't get Garrison done.

Garrison wanted to go to Van, no amount of money changed that. I'm sure Kuli will sign soon,

twitter.com/GPANTHER, there was never a real negotiation with Garrison. That's why it didn't get done. Garrison want far too much money for a player who had 1 career year.

Dave and Mike are right. Garrison rode a career year into an opportunity to play for the team he always wanted to play for, the Canucks, his hometown team. He was offered fair money by Florida, no way was he going to pass up playing for Vancouver. Time to give the Panthers a break and some credit. They now have a real GM who has drafted exceptionally well. Prospects are ranked either #1 or #2 by every authority in the game and they made the playoffs after a decade of front office disasters. Yormark will still pull some of his circus side show marketing bull spit but he doesnt appear to be influencing the decisions that matter on the ice. He is becoming a non factor as it appears that ownership has put their faith where it belongs, in Tallon. Tallon has Florida right on schedule.

A thought, and I know it should be obvious. The shortened season makes a strong start pretty much mandatory. Gudbranson out, Bergenheim out (not uncommon), Kulikov unsigned, Goc out (as usual) and even a possible injury to Huberdeau. Kind of ominous with the season underway in 4 days. Also, I hope these players that didnt play during the lockout are in as good game condition as possible. Florida has an injury prone roster, including newly signed Mueller. More injuries can come fast with the start of the season. Not a happy thought for a team that would otherwise have atleast an outside shot at returning to the playoffs. Goaltending is going to have to come out of the gate very strong. Power rankings has Florida at #27 which means they earned no lasting respect from last season and most think it was a fluke. Kind of harsh considering that they went 7 games with the eventual Eastern conference champs. Then again, they have NJ at #15 and LA at #10.

There was never a actual settlement with Garrison. That's why it didn't get done. Garrison want far too much cash for a gamer who had 1 profession season.

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