Panthers' newbies all over the map on stats sheet
- RW Niclas Bergfors (trade with Atlanta, RFA in July): 17 gp 1g-6a +2 2pim 8hits 48sog
- C Ryan Carter (trade with Carolina, UFA): 11 gp 2g-1a +3 20pim 37hits 13sog
- LW Patrick Rissmiller (trade with Atlanta, UFA): 7 gp 0p -1 0pim 13hits 8sog
- LW Sergei Samsonov (trade with Carolina, UFA): 17 gp 3g-9a -2 2pim 8hits 33sog
- RW Jack Skille (trade with Chicago, RFA): 10 gp 1g-1a -12 4pim 31hits 23sog
- D Alex Sulzer (trade with Nashville, UFA): 9 gp 0g-1a -3 0pim 9hits 14bks 7sog
Some notes: Skille and Sulzer have missed considerable time due to injuries. With the exception of Samsonov ($2.53M), all of the players listed make $1M or (in most cases considerably) less. Samsonov is also the only player to collect points in more than two straight games (3, March 15-19; 1g-5a). After Skille's 10-hit FLA debut, he has not come close to replicating the feat: a 5-hit effort is his next best single-game performance; for all the bluster about his physicality, Carter's making folks think twice. Bergfors had a 6-shot night on March 29th. Sulzer's +/- looks much better considering he's been very steady, with only two games earning him the -3. Carter's career: an -even- rating over 181 NHL games.
Something to chew on as Spending Season approaches. All salary numbers per CapGeek, and worth a look.