Bolts GM Steve Yzerman via NHL.com:
"The Everblades and their management have demonstrated a strong commitment to success by guiding their team to the playoffs in each of their 12 seasons in existence. That is exactly the type of winning environment we feel our players should develop in. Couple that with their proximity to Tampa and there really isn't a better option for us."
In the end, having the Panthers walk away from Estero is not that devastating a blow. How many players were assigned there last season...three?