CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. The boys are back. Well, most of them, anyway.
The Florida Panthers opened training camp with familiar faces on the ice for the team's first official practice, but there were some notable absences.
Missing Monday from the 90-minute session were defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson, and forwards Marcel Goc and Sean Bergenheim.
Kulikov, a restricted free agent and one of Florida's top three blue-liners, has yet to re-sign with the Panthers. Despite not knowing the defenseman's whereabouts, general manager Dale Tallon is hopeful a deal can be reached soon.
"Assistant GM Mike Santos is continually talking to his agent," Tallon said. "Hopefully, they'll make some headway this week. Mike's really good at what he does, and I'm sure he will get it done."
Gudbranson (shoulder) and Goc (ankle) are day to day and not expected to rejoin the team until after the team's Canadian road trip (Jan. 21-22), at the earliest. Because the wounds were suffered during the...