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Florida Panthers could be bolstered by Thunderbirds adds in postseason

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NHL will not expand the playoffs, it will expand rosters, too.

AHL: APR 06 Springfield Thunderbirds at Laval Rocket Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NHL has advised its 24 member clubs slate to participate in the expanded postseason to prepare for a roster of up to 28 skaters and an unlimited amount of goaltenders for training camp and the playoffs if the league can indeed return to the ice this summer.

Several general managers said they were told that would be the anticipated roster limit. Each team is limited to 50 personnel of any kind in one of the two hub cities that would host games.

The league says training camp (Phase III) isn’t expected to begin before July 10. If the NHL is able to go ahead with its 24-team playoff format, games could begin in late July or early August.

What does this mean for the Florida Panthers?

FloridaPanthers.com’s Jameson Olive posted the following on twitter yesterday.

In addition to possibly adding Henrik Borgstrom, Owen Tippett, and defenseman Brady Keeper to the roster, I would think Dryden Hunt would be considered if he is healthy. Recent acquisition Chase Priskie might get a look and I’d expect goaltender Sam Montembeault will be part of the Florida contingent and perhaps even fellow tenders Philippe Desrosiers and/or prospect Ryan Bednard.