The Panthers acquired Greg McKegg from the Maple Leafs for Zach Hyman and a conditional 7th round pick.
McKegg, 23, has not registered a point in four career NHL games with the Maple Leafs. The 2010 third round pick (62nd overall) had 22 goals and 15 assists (37 points) in 62 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) last season.
The Panthers re-signed Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract extension on Sunday.
Jagr, 43, was acquired from New Jersey via trade on February 26th. In 20 games with the Panthers he tallied six goals and 12 assists (18 points). He looked much better in the Sunshine State than he did in New Jersey, so he will come back for his 21st NHL season in 2015-16.
Gudbranson (upper-body) will not play on Saturday.
Gudbranson was injured in the Panthers win over the Bruins on Thursday. He will be held out of the season finale and is expected to be replaced by Steven Kampfer. Gudbranson finishes the season with 13 points (4G / 9A), a minus-4 rating and 58 PIMS in 76 games.
Montoya will return to the Panthers crease on Saturday.
Montoya has been sidelined by a groin injury since March 3rd, but he will make one last start this season when he gets the nod tonight vs. the Devils. Montoya has had an OK season as the Panthers back-up, going 5-7-2 with a 3.08 GAA and .888 SV% in 12 starts. He has one more year on his contract and is expected to be back behind Roberto Luongo in 2015-16.
Montoya (groin) could be back in goal on Saturday.
Montoya went through another practice Tuesday and says he would like to play in Florida's season finale Saturday against the Devils as Coach Gallant said Roberto Luongo would play Thursday. "I'm feeling better every day,” said Montoya. “I just want to give the team a chance to win if I get in there. I would like to play, off course, but it's not up to me.''
Luongo allowed four goals on 22 shots in the Panthers loss to the Lightning on Saturday. He was given Sunday off, but he will be back between the pipes tonight looking to play spoiler against the Bruins. Bobby Lu has gone 1-1-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .926 SV% in his first three outings against Boston this season.
Ellis leads the Panthers onto the ice for warmups.
Ellis allowed two goals on 27 shots in Florida’s win over the Senators on March 29th. He has gone 4-2-1 with a 2.11 GAA and .922 SV% in seven starts with the Panthers this season. One of those losses came the last time he faced the Canadiens—he allowed three goals on 25 shots in defeat.
Luongo made 31 saves on 32 shots in the Panthers blowout win over the Hurricanes on Thursday. Tonight will be his third start against the Lightning this season. He is still search for his first win, having gone 0-1-1 with a 3.51 GAA and .877 SV% in the first two meetings. He has played well at home though, winning four of his last five.
Luongo allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Panthers loss in Boston on Tuesday. Luongo has gone 1-2-1 with a 2.74 GAA and .894 SV% in his last four outings. Tonight he will take on a Hurricanes team who have lost six of their last eight outings.
Luongo missed Sunday’s schedule start because his previously injured shoulder was a little banged up. He will get back in tonight, coming off of a 22-save performance in the Panthers 3-2 OT loss to the Canadiens on Saturday. Since coming back from the injury, Luongo has gone 3-1-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .922 SV% in five starts.