The Florida Panthers want to make the most of their salary cap room

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The Florida Panthers want to make the most of their salary cap room

Make no mistake about it, Florida’s subtractions on Wednesday were huge.

The core of the Panthers remains.

While a number of teams in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference improved their lot, the Panthers are going to try and run things back with a majority of last year’s team returning — with some additions from within and from players acquired on Wednesday.

It was Zito’s task to go about in trying to find affordable fits, to add to what the team already possesses.

Story Highlights

  • While it was difficult to see players like Claude Giroux, Mason Marchment, and Ben Chiarot receive big-ticket contracts that the Panthers just could not afford, the Florida head staff went after individuals they believe can help them moving forward — and would do so on a reasonable term.

  • ”They are people first and you get to know them and Mason was a guy who I can’t thank him enough,” Zito said. “We just didn’t have the cap space. A lot of times you are limited by the rules and what you have. … It’s a hard thing to do but it’s part of life in the National Hockey League. But it’s never easy.’’

Florida added forwards Colin White, Nick Cousins and added 25-year-old left wing Rudolfs Balcers on Thursday.

The Panthers also signed defenseman Marc Staal and will have Eric Staal in on a training camp tryout.