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Saturday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Still no clarity on the start of the net regular season

Toronto Maple Leafs v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

Yesterday, the NHL held a call with its general managers and all we know is that January 1 remains the target date for starting the next regular season and the league will do everything it can to get in as close to 82 as humanly possible. Changes could to be coming to the draft lottery as well. The Detroit Red Wings were not happy with dropping to fourth after finishing with the worst in the league last year.

The Florida Panthers Atlantic Division rivals in Toronto signed restricted free agent defenseman Travis Dermott to a new one-year deal. The cap-strapped Maple Leafs will pay Dermott, who appeared in 56 games in 2019-20, just $874,125 next season. That’s a nice piece of wok by general manager Kyle Dubas. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Marco Rossi, the 9th overall pick in 2020 NHL Draft, signed an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild. The 19-year old center put up 39 goals and 120 points in 56 games with the Ottawa 67s to lead Ontario Hockey League in scoring during the 2019-20 season. (Hockey Wildnerness)

The Wild also re-signed defenseman Louie Belpedio to a one-year, two-way deal. Belpedio spent all of last season in the AHL with the Iowa Wild, producing 20 points in 62 games. (Hockey Wilderness)

Veteran defenseman Nikita Nesterov is set to return to the NHL. The 27-year-old, who played last season with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, inked a one-year contract worth $700K with the Calgary Flames. (The Calgary Sun)

Defenseman Gustav Forsling signed a one-year, two-way deal to remain with the Carolina Hurricanes organization, avoiding arbitration. Forsling appeared in 57 AHL games with the Charlotte Checkers last season and produced 26 points. He has 122 games of NHL experience, all with the Chicago Blackhawks. (Raleigh News & Observer)

After not qualifying him earlier in October, the Dallas Stars have re-signed goaltender Landon Bow to a new one-year, two-way contract. Bow, 25, appeared in 30 games and posted a 12-11-3 record for the AHL’s Texas Stars last season. (CBS Sports)