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Reinprecht Headed to Germany, New Mercedes Likely Awaits

Reino The Panthers found a home for center Steven Reinprecht on Wednesday, loaning him to Germany's Adler Mannheim.

Florida is still on the hook for the remainder of Reinprecht's salary – he's signed through the 2011-12 season – although the Panthers are thought to be getting some money back from the German team to offset what's owed to Reinprecht through this season.

Florida put Reinprecht on waivers last Friday.

Former Panthers forward and current television analyst Bill Lindsay played his final two professional years in Germany from 2005-07 and says he thinks Reinprecht is going to find success playing on the big rinks in Europe.

“That's going to be awesome for him, it's going to suit his style and his talent will be superior in many ways there,'' Lindsay said. “He's going to be the guy over there. Put it this way, I was an offensive guy there. What's he going to be?''

-- I haven't spoken to Dale Tallon (in Buffalo) nor Mike Santos (Cincinnati) today, but it appears Reinprecht has played in his last game with the Panthers. If the Panthers can't squeeze his contract into a deal over the summer, they'll likely cut ties by buying out the final year of his deal, splitting the 2/3 of the money over the following two seasons.