Florida Panthers Announce Roster Moves

By Mark Fischel

HULL, QUEBEC – Florida Panthers Vice President and General Manager Bryan
Murray announced several roster moves following the 2000 NHL Prospects
Tournament today at Robert Guertin Arena. Five players will be returned
to their junior teams for the 2000-01 season – goaltenders Davis Parley
and Jean-Francois Laniel, forwards Mathew Sommerfeld and Travis Eagles
and defenseman Brad Woods. In addition, defenseman Daniel Passero and
forwards Aaron Goldade, Ian Jacobs and Benoit Morin will report to the
Louisville Panthers’ training camp to compete for spots with Florida’s
top affiliate. Jacobs is under contract with the Panthers, while
Passero, Goldade and Morin will try out for Louisville’s squad.

Several rookies will be held over to the Panthers’ main camp. Among
those held over for a second look are: goaltender Alexander Auld,
defensemen Michel Periard, Chris Eade, Rod Sarich and Kyle Rossiter, and
forwards Serge Payer, Eric Beaudoin, Ryan Jardine, Mike Green, Josh
Olson, Sean O’Connor, Mike Cirillo, Morgan McCormick and Eric Godard.
Right wing Denis Shvidki, who was unable to participate in the rookie
tournament due to injury, will also report to Florida’s main camp. The
prospects will be joined by the following Panthers veterans:

Goaltenders: Ryan Bach, Sean Gauthier, Trevor Kidd, Roberto Luongo,
Richard Shulmistra.

Defensemen: Chris Allen, Dan Boyle, Brad Ference, Bret Hedican, John
Jakopin, Lance Pitlick, Peter
Ratchuk, Todd Simpson, Jaroslav Spacek, Robert Svehla, Joey
Tetarenko, Brent Thompson,
Lance Ward, Mike Wilson.

Forwards: Len Barrie, Eric Boguniecki, Paul Brousseau, Pavel Bure, Dave
Duerden, David Emma, Paul
Harvey, Olli Jokinen, Viktor Kozlov, Igor Larionov, Paul Laus, Scott
Mellanby, Rob
Niedermayer, Marcus Nilson, Ivan Novoseltsev, Mike Sillinger, Rocky
Thompson, Ray
Whitney, Peter Worrell

Murray also announced the signing of 2000 draft choice Josh Olson, a
6-foot-5, 225-pound left wing from Grand Forks, North Dakota. Olson, the
Panthers’ sixth choice (190th overall) in June’s NHL Entry Draft, scored
20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) with 81 penalty minutes in 61 games last
season, splitting time between Fargo and Omaha in the United States
Hockey League.

The Panthers also cut defensemen Kyle Dafoe and Philippe Roy, who
attended camp on tryout agreements.

I must give many thanks go to the Panther Communications Dept for their full work on this game summary.

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Mark Fischel