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Spencer Knight: NHL gives him permission to attend Panthers development camp

Back in January, the Florida Panthers received some bad news. Their goaltender of the future, Spencer Knight, had entered the NHL’s assistance program.

At the time, it looked like it was going to be a tough road back for Florida, who were several points behind the final playoff spot.

We know the rest… the Panthers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Thanks to Sergei Bobrovksy, Knight’s mentor.

But let’s talk about Knight. The 22-year-old goalkeeper is getting better. In fact, he’ll be taking part in the team’s development camp, even though he’s older. The NHL has given him permission. Here are the conditions, in normal circumstances, for participating in the development camp.

The American hasn’t played an NHL game since February 18. He must therefore start training early to get back into shape before the real training camp.

Still eligible for the ballot, his place as number-two goaltender behind Bob is not assured. Anthony Stolarz has just signed a one-season NHL pact valued at $1.1 million. Unless Paul Maurice uses a three-goal rotation, I wonder if Knight’s best option next year (at least, early in the season) is the minors.

And even if he were to start the season in the AHL, it wouldn’t be a disavowal of the guy. After all, there’s a good chance he’ll be recalled sooner rather than later. Bobrovsky is a great goalie, but when he’s not on his game, he’s really not. The Russian is really fickle, that’s for sure.

But for someone who just left the assistance program, I’m just happy for him that he’s back. He’ll be on the ice in a Panthers uniform on Monday. Here’s the complete line-up for the development camp.

Breaking news

– Special.

– Very funny.

– All he has to do is sign a one-year contract in the NFL….

– One to watch.

– We wish him well.

– Signing in LA.

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