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Thursday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Bill Daly speaks, Atlantic rivals sign NCAA players

Buffalo Sabres v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The Florida Panthers were scheduled to host the Buffalo Sabres tonight at the BB&T Center. Buffalo won the first three games of the season series with the Cats picking up a mere point in a 3-2 shootout loss in the fourth game of the 2019-20 season, which now seems like a long, long time ago.

Bill Daly

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly appeared on the Good Show yesterday and said the league as been working on a few possible scenarios on what things could look like if a return to action happens.

Bill Daly: A lot of that is really just understanding what our options are. There are so many different variables — we’re only six days into having paused the season, we don’t really have a good understanding of when we can come back and in what format we’d be able to come back. There’s a lot of unknowns and variables, so I think the process at this point is really just understanding what’s possible and maybe kicking around ideas as to what would be fair and what would have some integrity, Basically, it’s nothing more than that at this point. Our time frame is, obviously, going to be a very relevant consideration and fairness and integrity of the schedule is also going to be a relevant consideration. It’s really finding the right mix and compromise based on all the circumstances. So that’s why speculating, at this point, for me, is almost irresponsible because I think we have to be open to anything that might work and be fair.

NHL Seattle will hold off on announcing name

The NHL’s newest franchise will not announce its nickname as it was scheduled to in April due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington state is one of the areas in the U.S. that has been hardest hit by the virus.

Ottawa player doing well

According to the latest statement released by the Ottawa Senators, the unnamed player who tested positive for COVID-19 has mild symptoms and remains in isolation.

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Bruins sign a pair of college players to ELCs

The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Nick Wolff and goaltender Jeremy Swayman to entry-level contracts.

Wolff, 23, just completed his senior season at the University of Minnesota Duluth and signed a one-year contract.

The 21-year-old Swayman, a fourth-round selection of the Bruins in 2017, signed a three-year contract after deciding to forego his senior season at the University of Maine.

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Sabres sign Penn State captain Biro

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to a two-year entry-level contract with undrafted forward Brandon Biro. Biro produced 10 goals and 25 points in 25 games last season. The 22-year-old forward took part in the Sabres’ development camp in 2018.

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Rangers sign defenseman Miller to ELC

This is going back a few days... The New York Rangers have signed University of Wisconsin defenseman K’Andre Miller to an entry-level contract. Miller was selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He totaled 40 points in 62 NCAA games, including 18 points in 36 games this season for the Badgers.

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