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NHL Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

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The “silly” season begins with a bevy of roster moves

Pittsburgh Penguins v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The NHL’s buyout window is open and the “silly” season has begun. James Reimer is probably the only potential Florida Panthers candidate for a buyout, although a trade makes much sense, especially for the club.

Let’s get to the latest moves as teams have already begun roster reshaping for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Dominik Kahun and 2019 fifth round pick. (Second City Hockey) (Pensburgh)

The Los Angeles Kings announced that they are buying out the remaining two years of defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s contract. (Jewels From The Crown)

Andy MacDonald was placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract. (Broad Street Hockey)

In case you missed it, the Flyers traded Radko Gudas to the Washington Capitals for Matt Niskanen. (Broad Street Hockey) (Japers’ Rink)

The New York Islanders signed winger Jordan Eberle to five-year, $27.5M contract extension. (Lighthouse Hockey)

Defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin signed a one-year extension with the Arizona Coyotes. Lyubushkin played 41 games for Arizona last season. (Five For Howling)

Depth defenseman Cameron Gaunce signed a one-year, two-way deal to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Raw Charge)

Undrafted Finn Joona Luoto signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Luoto played full-time for Tappara in Liiga for the last two seasons. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed 25-year-old undrafted Swedish forward Jakob Lilja to a one-year entry-level contract. (1st Ohio Battery)