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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Vertseeg Hurt in Loss to Lightning ... Nothing Yet on Kovalev

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The worst news out of Tuesday could come in the following days when Kris Vertseeg's right knee is evaluated.

Versteeg -- who scored Florida's first goal 13 ticks into the second -- went sprawling after making contact with Radko Gudas and stayed on the ice in pain for a few minutes before being helped into the locker room.

"Sometimes when it rains it pours,'' said Jack Skille. "That's the nature of the game. You have to battle through it.''

-- Mike Santos said there has been no resolution to the Alex Kovalev situation. Kovalev is on the Panthers roster but is no longer with the team and is free to find another team.

Kovalev, 40, could also retire.

"I’m thinking that there will be something really soon, though,'' Santos said. "We’re not pushing him. He deserves the respect after the career he’s had to make up his own mind and do the things that he needs to do.”