CBS4’s Steve Goldstein: Panthers split pre-season opener, extend goalie Knight’s contract

SUNRISE – After the Florida Panthers opened their pre-season with a doubleheader in Nashville they made massive information on Tuesday by extending the contract of goaltender Spencer Knight.

At age 21, Knight is proven maturity past his years and the Panthers really feel the previous 1st spherical draft decide is their goalie of the longer term and will actually seize extra taking part in time within the current.

This season he’ll play out the third and ultimate year of his entry-level contract after which his new three year deal will kick in. Knight has proven flashes of being a dominant goaltender and has the demeanor to be efficient regardless of his very younger age.

On Ice
Meanwhile, on the ice, the pre-season is underway and the Panthers split a pair of video games in Nashville.

Alexander Barkov scored the extra time winner on the buzzer to win sport one whereas the Predators got here again to win the second sport. Knight was glorious in sport two, taking part in the primary half of that sport and stopping 19 of 20 pictures.

Barkov centered a line with Carter Verhaeghe and Rudolfs Balcers on the wings. They have performed collectively because the begin of coaching camp final week. Balsers, acquired as a free agent from San Jose, is getting the chance of a lifetime. New coach Paul Maurice within the evening sport had Sam Bennett centering Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Reinhart. If they find yourself staying collectively it’s in all probability the very best second line within the NHL.

The assured high protection pair of Aaron Ekblad and Gustav Forsling noticed intensive ice time within the extra time win.

Cuts Coming
Training camp noticed various gamers that may play within the AHL in Charlotte and return to their junior groups. This week earlier than Thursday’s preseason dwelling sport towards Carolina, the Panthers will pare the roster down considerably.

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