Sliding in Under the Salary Cap

The Florida Panthers have released their official roster for the 2022-23 season, squeaking in under the salary cap deadline. This required some shuffling, including moves like placing Anthony Duclair on Long Term Injury Reserve (LTIR), and assigning players Heponiemi, Carlsson, Tierny, Mayhew, Lyon, and Del Zotto to the AHL team in Charlotte. Additionally, Eric Staal was released from his professional tryout, and defenseman Josh Mahura has been claimed off of waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.

The final roster (for now) has 20 players, meaning all players will dress for every game. This gives the Cats a little wiggle room when it comes to filling the remaining three spots on the roster, but not much. The biggest drains on the salary cap remain Bobrovsky’s 7 year, $70 million contract, the remainder of Keith Yandle’s buyout which hits at over $5 million, and the recent contract extensions of Aleksander Barkov and Matthew Tkachuck. Notable mentions include current contracts with Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart.

Barkov and Mahura at a game in Sunrise © Photo by Joel Auerbach/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The roster for the Florida Panthers when the puck drops on October 13 for their season opener against the New York Islanders is as follows:

Forwards (12): Aleksander Barkov, Carter Verhaeghe, Sam Reinhart, Matthew Tkachuk, Anton Lundell, Sam Bennett, Eetu Luostarinen, Ryan Lomberg, Rudolfs Balcers, Colin White, Patric Hornqvist, Nick Cousins

Defensemen (6): Aaron Ekblad, Gustav Forsling, Brandon Montour, Radko Gudas, Marc Staal, Josh Mahura

Goaltenders (2): Sergei Bobrovsky, Spencer Knight

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