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NHL Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Thursday Open Forum

Cats featured on’s 31 in 31

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers were the featured team on’s 31 in 31 on Tuesday. So, if you haven’t taken a look at that yet, I’d suggest you click here and then come back to LBC to discuss.

Hockey Headlines

Calgary Flames defenseman Juuso Valimaki sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during a training session last weekend and will require surgery that will sideline him indefinitely. The 20-year-old appeared in 24 games for the club last season, collecting a goal and two assists. Sounds like they could use a guy like Mark Pysyk... (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

The Carolina Hurricanes signed general manager Don Waddell to a three-year contract extension on Monday after the team reached the Eastern Conference final last season. (Canes Country)

Seattle’s expansion team is likely to have a nickname before it has a coach, sometime in early 2020, according to general manager Ron Francis. (SI)

The Chicago Blackhawks signed 27-year-old Swedish defenseman Philip Holm to a one-year, two-way contract. Holm spent the 2018-19 season with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL. (Second City Hockey)

The Detroit Red Wings acquired Adam Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning and signed him to a one-year contract worth $1,050,000. The Lightning received a fourth-round pick in 2020. (Winging It In Motown) (Raw Charge)