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The Daily: Marc Staal Finds New Home With Florida Panthers



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Defenseman Marc Staal is heading to the Florida Panthers

Fallout from the Detroit Red Wings’ major free agency spending spree included the reality that there was no room on the roster for veteran defenseman Marc Staal.

Staal signed with the Florida Panthers for $750,000, taking a paycut from the $2 million he earned with the Red Wings. The Panthers are also giving his brother, Eric, a Professional Tryout contract (PTO). Eric played last season briefly for the AHL’s Iowa Wild and then for the Canadian Olympic Team.

The Red Wings considered re-signing Staal. He was one of the team’s leaders. Staal was also highly respected for the work effort he brought to every practice.

But the left side of Detroit’s defense is now set with Ben Chiarot, Olli Maatta, rookie Simon Edvinssson and Jordan Oesterle.

Yzerman’s five Wednesday signings also probably means Sam Gagner won’t be coming. back, although that has not been officially confirmed. The Red Wings’  roster seems full, but Yzerman may not be done with his changes.

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Hockey Now Network

Boston: Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci still aren’t signed. Should Boston Bruins fans be concerned?

New York:  Writer Stefen Rosner takes a look at whether the New York Islanders should consider signing Long Island native Sonny Milano. He grew up as an Islanders fan.

Philadelphia: Philadelphia Flyers: We didn’t make an offer to Johnny Gaudreau.

Pittsburgh: Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said he’s trying to move a defenseman or two.

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Vancouver:  The Vancouver Canucks defense needs repair. So why aren’t the Canucks addressing that? Hockey Now’s Rob Simpson asks good questions.

Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights made another salary dump Wednesday when shipped Max Pacioretty and Dylan Coghlan to the Vegas Golden Knights. They received nothing in return.

Washington: Sammi Silber of Washington Hockey Now lays out how the Washington Capitals overhauled their goaltending on the first day of free agency.