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Florida Panthers make first round of roster cuts

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And then there were 41...

2018 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Florida Panthers have reduced the club’s roster to 41 players.

Forwards Patrick Bajkov, who scored in last night’s exhibition game, and Jayce Hawryluk and defensemen Michael Downing and Thomas Schemitsch have been loaned to Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds and are expected to attend Springfield’s training camp.

Forwards Blaine Byron, Bobby Farnham, Jake Horton, Matt Mangene, Harry Zolnierczyk, defensemen Dylan MacPherson, Linus Nassen and goaltender Evan Cormier have been released from their try outs and are expected to attend Springfield’s training camp.

Forward Serron Noel, the club’s second round pick this summer, has been returned to his Ontario Hockey League club, the Oshawa Generals.