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.