NHL Offseason Caterwaul: First day of development camp in the books

Cats prospects will back on the ice this morning

A 40-man contingent of Florida Panthers prospects hit the ice for development camp yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, yours truly has a job and was not able to attend so we’ll have to pull information from other sources (hopefully some of of you readers) to keep up with what’s going down in Coral Springs.

There is this highlight of first round pick Spencer Knight making a nice save

The kids from Blue Squad hit the ice again at 8:40 this morning while the Red Squad will practice at 10:40 a.m.

In other Panthers news, general manager Dale Tallon was quoted as saying ‘Let’s put it this way; we have spread a lot of fertilizer out there. And I’m pretty good at that. So we’re hoping that, you know, a little water, a little rain that it’ll come to bloom.’’ after being asked about free agency. It appears that strong offers have been made to Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin.

Hockey Headlines

The St. Louis Blues signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a two-year contract extension, Gunnarsson’s overtime goal in Game 2 helped propel the Blues to the Stanley Cup (St. Louis Game Time)

Eastern Conference finalists, the Carolina Hurricanes have busy. The team traded for Erik Haula on Wednesday and bought out the contract of Patrick Marleau yesterday, (The News & Observer)

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall is happy about this team’s offseason moves. Me, not so much, as  like the Cats the Devils will trying its way back to the playoffs (The Hockey News)

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed one-time Panthers goaler Michael Hutchinson to a one-year, one-way contract. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Defenseman Mike Reilly re-upped with the Montreal Canadiens for two more years. (Eyes On The Prize)

Our division rival from Quebec also met with prized UFA forward Matt Duchene, but Eric Engels thinks it’s unlikely he’ll sign with the Habs. (Sportsnet)

The Philadelphia Flyers signed netminder Brian Elliott to a one-year, $2 million extension. (Broad Street Hockey)

Winger Jack Rodewald signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Ottawa Senators. Rodewald played in six NHL games for the Sens last season. (Silver Seven)