In the wake of the Tomas Vokoun deal, Florida management has decided they no longer need the veteran goaltender.
General manager/coach Jacques Martin said Friday it will not be Ed Belfour, 42. Belfour played in 58 games last season and set the franchise record for consecutive starts, but he will not be invited back.
Look for Florida to re-sign Alex Auld and Craig Anderson, and have them compete for the spot in training camp. The loser will have to look for work elsewhere.
Eddie did a good job in goal last year before tiring near seasonís end. Besides Auld and Anderson, do the Panthersí have anyone in the minors worth giving a shot to? I donít much about Floridaís farm system, but what I know of Auld and looking at Andersonís stats, donít make me confident in their ability to be an adequate backup. Who knows I could be wrong.
The Panthers chose Keaton Ellerby in the first round of this weekendís NHL Draft. One scouting expert wasnít impressed.
But draft guru Kyle Woodlief isnít so sure.
Woodlief, who publishes the independent Red Line Report and is considered hockeyís answer to Mel Kiper Jr., said Ellerby failed to progress in his third season of junior hockey last season and had enough conflicts with Kamloops coach Dean Clark that he was benched for a time.