Florida Panthers make roster cuts as season-opener approaches


The Florida Panthers placed six players on waivers and assigned exempt prospect Logan Hutsko to the Charlotte Checkers in advance of the club needing to submit a salary cap compliant roster ($82.5 million) at 5 p.m. this afternoon. Getting waived from Panthers camp were goaltender Alex Lyon; defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Lucas Carlsson; and forwards Chris Tierney, Gerald Mayhew and Aleksi Heponiemi, who scored in the last two preseason games. Those players will need to clear waivers later today to join the Checkers. While most players make it through, I’m a little bit concerned the Cats will lose Heponiemi and/or Carlsson as both players look to be NHL ready. As of this moment, Eric Staal (PTO) has not been signed to a contract and prospect Matt Kiersted, who has a cap hit $50K less than that of Carlsson is still in Sunrise.