Florida Panthers Sign Erik Gudbranson to ELC

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Erik Gudbranson, drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers is interviewed during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

After much scuttlebutt over supposed rifts between the Florida Panthers and 2010 third-overall pick Erik Gudbranson, many observers were concerned a deal would never be reached. Well folks, throw those concerns in the trash. The Panthers signed Gudbranson today to an entry level contract on the final day of the 2011 Development Camp. The towering young defenseman turned in yet another solid development camp performance, and seems poised and ready to compete for a starting job on the Panthers this upcoming season. He'll still have to perform well in training camp, but all the folks who got to witness him at development camp agree: he looks pretty darn ready to be a fixture on the Florida blueline for a long time.

The Panthers have a pretty crowded stable of NHL-caliber defensemen already: Brian Campbell, Keaton Ellerby, Jason GarrisonEd Jovanovski, Dmitry Kulikov, and Mike Weaver. If Gudbranson does crack the starting lineup this season, it will be interesting to see which of the current starters will be either in the press box or elsewhere. What is very important to note, though, is that the level of competition for jobs on this team is higher than it has been in recent memory, and players will have to perform all season long if they wish to stick around. Surely that makes Kevin Dineen a very happy coach indeed.

Best of luck to Erik and congratulations!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Litter Box Cats

You must be a member of Litter Box Cats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Litter Box Cats. You should read them.

Join Litter Box Cats

You must be a member of Litter Box Cats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Litter Box Cats. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker