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Pipeline to Charlotte opens as Florida Panthers place three players on waivers

Montembeault, Dalpe and Juulsen cut from camp

NHL: FEB 15 Panthers at Lightning

The Florida Panthers have cut a trio of players from its 2020-21 training camp roster,

Goaltender Sam Montembeault, defenseman Noah Juulsen and forward Zac Dalpe were placed on waivers this afternoon, bringing the current number of players looking for jobs on the NHL squad to 41.

If they clear, they will report to Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

After taking a hiatus during the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Checkers return to action on October 16, when they open the season on the road against the Hershey Bears.

Montembeault, the club’s former goaltender of the future, has been supplanted on the depth draft by 2019 first-rounder Spencer Knight and free agent acquisition Christopher Gibson, who has seized the number three role.

Juulsen. a former first round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, was expected to be in the mix for the seventh defensemen job, but he never seemed to really challenge.

Dalpe is a 31-year-old depth player who is expected provide veteran leadership in Charlotte.