The Florida Panthers announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Scott Darling and a 2020 sixth round draft pick (via the Buffalo Sabres) from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for “1B” goaltender James Reimer.
The 30-year-old Darling has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
Reimer signed a 5-year deal with the Panthers on July 1, 2016 and appeared in 123 games for the club over the past three seasons, posting an overall record of 53-42-16. His GAA rose from 2.53 in 2016-17 to 2.99 in 2017-18 to 3.09 in 2018-19 while his save percentage fell from .920 to .913 to .900 over the course of that time.
The buy-out of the remaining two years of Darling’s deal will last a total of four years with the following cap hits: 2019-20: $1.233M - 2020-21: $2.333M - 2021-22: $1.183M - 2022-23: $1.183M
With the retirement of Robert Luongo and the trade of Reimer, general manager Dale Tallon has cleared the deck for UFA and two-time Vezina-winner Sergei Bobrovsky. Can he reel the big Russian free-agent in? We should find out tomorrow.
While it’s certain, Bob or no Bob, the Panthers will have a new starting goalie as soon as tomorrow, what remains to seen is what the club will do for a backup. Do they bring a low-priced veteran or hand the job to prospect Samuel Montembeault?
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