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Florida Panthers cut down roster prior to preseason tilt with Lightning

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Cats jettison a bevy of players, trim roster down to 31.

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The Florida Panthers have placed veteran goaltender Mike McKenna, centers Greg McKegg and Brett Olson, and defensemen Cameron Gaunce on waivers in advance of the club's exhibition match up with the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.

These players will be heading to the Portland Pirates, who open camp this weekend, unless claimed by another NHL team. Also on waivers are forward Rob Flick and defenseman Sena Acolatse, who were released from training camp earlier this week. There was no new update on the status of John McFarland, who was axed at the same time as Flick and Acolatse. ECHL, perhaps?

Update: G Sam Brittain, F Corban Knight, D Joshua Brown, D Jonathan Racine, F Kyle Rau and F Logan Shaw have been assigned to the Pirates. These players do not need to pass through waivers.

Prospect Jayce Hawryluk has been returned to the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Cats roster for preseason game #4 against the Bolts will look like this:

Goalies
Roberto Luongo
Al Montoya

Defensemen
Steven Kampfer
Aaron Ekblad
Alex Petrovic
Dmitry Kulikov
MacKenzie Weegar
Mike Matheson

Forwards
Derek MacKenzie
Reilly Smith
Vincent Trocheck
Shawn Thornton
Martin Havlat
Nick Bjugstad
Garrett Wilson
Jussi Jokinen
Shane Harper
Dave Bolland
Brandon Pirri
Connor Brickley

Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. at Amalie Arena with radio coverage on 970 WFLA