The Panthers have signed Derek MacKenzie to a two-year deal worth $2.7 million ($1.35M AAV).
MacKenzie is a quality fourth line centre, that will not do a lot of scoring. He led the Panthers in face-off percentage (54.8%) and was second in hits per game with 2.4. MacKenzie’s value lies in the faceoff circle and on the penalty kill, where he led all Panthers’ forwards with a 2:38 PK/TOI per game.
MacKenzie will miss at least two weeks with a cracked bone in his foot.
MacKenzie suffered the injury on the penalty kill in Saturday’s shootout win over the Flyers. With MacKenzie out, Quinton Howden is expected to remain in the lineup and Greg McKegg was recalled from Portland (AHL) on Tuesday.
MacKenzie (undisclosed) did not skate on Monday; not expected to play vs. the Islanders.
MacKenzie recently returned from an upper-body injury, but it looks like he’ll come out of the lineup tonight with an undisclosed injury he is believed to have suffered in overtime on Saturday. With MacKenzie out, Quinton Howden or Shawn Thornton will return to the lineup.
The Panthers signed Derek MacKenzie to a three-year $3.9 million dollar contract.
MacKenzie scored nine goals and added nine assists (18 points) in 71 games with the Blue Jackets last season. D-MacK provides the Panthers with some depth at centre; he won 51.5% of his face-offs in 2013-14.
Derek MacKenzie will have a phone hearing for his hit on Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Thursday.
Ekman-Larsson was injured and did not return to the game, which does not bode well for MacKenzie. He is not expected to face a lengthy suspension, but the fourth-line center will likely miss a couple of games.
MacKenzie (upper-body) is doubtful for tonight's game in Toronto.
MacKenzie was not expected to suit up on Friday but he ended up playing 13:51 in the Blue Jackets 6-2 loss to Vancouver. He is not fantasy relevant having recorded just two goals and an assist in 22 games.