The Panthers have acquired Reto Berra from the Avalanche for Rocco Grimaldi.
After the emergence of Calvin Pickard, Berra spent the second half of the 2015-16 season with San Antonio (AHL). He was 7-7-0 with a 3.39 GAA and .901 SV% with the Rampage and 5-8-0 with a 2.41 GAA and .922 SV% in 14 games with Colorado.
The Panthers have signed Keith Yandle to a seven year deal worth $44.45 million ($6.35M AAV).
Florida acquired Yandle’s rights from the Rangers a few days back and wasted no time inking the 29-year-old defenseman to a seven year contract. Handle has not missed a game in the last seven seasons and has averaged 10 goals and 40 assists (50 points) per 82 games over that stretch. He becomes the highest paid player in the Panthers organization.
The Panthers have acquired the rights to Keith Yandle for a sixth round pick and a conditional 4th round pick in 2017 if Yandle signs with Florida.
Yandle is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. He is coming off of a 47-point season (5G / 42A) in 82 games with the Rangers and now the Panthers will get 11 days to try and lock up the 29-year-old blueliner before the rest of the league starts throwing money at him.
The Panthers have signed Connor Brickley to a one-year, two-way deal.
Brickley, 24, split his time between Florida and Portland (AHL) during 2015-16. Brickley had one goal and four assists (5 points) in 23 games with the Panthers and 27 points (12G / 15A) in 45 games with the Pirates.
Trocheck (ankle) will travel to Brooklyn; remains questionable for Game 3.
Trocheck has missed the Panthers last eight games with an ankle injury, but will travel with the team for Game 3 and could return to the lineup. He may not play on Sunday, but it is a good sign that he is nearing a return and should be back during the first round.
Luongo surrendered five goals on 26 shots in the Panthers 5-4 loss to the Islanders in Game 1 last night. Strangely, the Panthers and Islanders have a back-to-back to start the postseason, but Luongo will go again tonight, hoping to tie the series up at 1-1. John Tavares took over last night’s game and Bobby Lu was beat with regularity, but expect a much better effort tonight.
Luongo won his final three starts of the regular season and had a great year for a 37-year-old netminder. The veteran went 35-19-6 with a 2.35 GAA and .922 SV% in 60 starts and tonight he makes his first playoff start with the Panthers. He was 2-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .931 SV% in three starts vs. the Islanders this season—he has gone 32-31 with a 2.54 GAA, .916 SV% and five shutouts in 62 career playoff starts.
Trocheck (ankle) is listed as day-to-day; questionable for Game 1.
Trocheck has missed the last six games and appears to be in danger of missing the start of the playoffs. Trocheck did not skate on Monday and is still wearing a walking boot, so his return does not appear to be imminent. This is a tough break for Trocheck, who had 25 goals and 28 assists (53 points) in 76 games this season.