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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Whitney Arrives in Town; Opening Night Roster Set

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Ryan Whitney admitted he had a stressful few days after being released from his professional try out by St. Louis last week.

After returning home, Whitney wondered how long he would be out of work. The wait wasn't long at all. Whitney and the Panthers worked out a deal on Sunday.

Whitney, no relation to former Florida winger Ray Whitney, brings plenty of experience to Florida's blue line as he has played in almost 500 NHL games.

"This is a fresh start for me. I'm excited,'' Whitney said. "This is a place I want to be. I'm thrilled.''

-- There were no surprises as the Panthers' released their 23-man roster on Tuesday. Florida, which will carry two extra forwards and an additional defenseman, placed five players on the injured list.

Coach Kevin Dineen said it's possible all five could be on this upcoming road trip to start the season and possibly play soon after their one week stint on the IR is over.

The players on the IR closest to return include Ed Jovanovski, Scott Clemmensen and Sean Bergenheim.

-- The Panthers plan to practice Wednesday at the Iceplex at 10:30 a.m. before leaving for Dallas.

As always, the workout is free and open to the public.