In a move that Panthers’ fans had long been hoping for, the Florida Panthers announced on Wednesday that they would be buying out defenseman Filip Kuba after just one season with the club. In 44 games for the Panthers last season, Kuba was only able to earn a meager 10 points (1G 9A) and never lived up to the expectations that came with his seasonal $4,000,000 price tag.
The removal of Kuba from the roster will make room for some of the Panthers’ younger defenseman like Colby Robak and Alex Petrovic, as well as freeing up money to potentially spend on a forward in free agency. Kuba will still receive roughly $2,600,00 from the Panthers next season as compensation. As a result of his buyout, Kuba will not have to go through waivers and will immediately become an unrestricted free agent.
Although a player like Scottie Upshall ($3.5 million per-season) or Ed Jovanovski ($4.25 million per-season) could be targeted for a future buyout, the termination of Kuba’s contract is a good sign to fans that the team is going to make a reasonable effort to improve this season.
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