Racine and a 2017 sixth round draft pick were traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for Nikita Nesterov on Thursday. Tampa Bay marks the third franchise that Racine has been a part of since he was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of 2011's draft. He's garnered the reputation being a stay-at-home defenseman, considering he has only three points this year and has yet to top 10 points in any AHL season. Look for the Lightning to call him up should they run into defensive trouble on their blue line.
The Panthers traded Racine to the Canadiens in exchange for Tim Bozon on Saturday. Racine was a decent contributor from the blue line for AHL Portland last season, notching nine points (one goal, eight assists) with a plus-8 rating over 69 games. He'll likely spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign with the Habs' AHL affiliate, but could spend some time with the big club if and when the Canadiens' defensive corps is bitten by the injury bug.
The Panthers waived Racine on Saturday, Harvey Fialkov of the Miami Herald reports. The Cats made a series of roster moves Saturday, so Racine being cut should be considered typical housekeeping. Assuming he clears waivers, the 23-year-old defender will head to AHL Springfield.
Racine re-signed with Florida on a one-year deal Saturday, TSN reports. Racine has appeared in just on NHL game in his career, during the 2013-14 season, in which he logged 15:35 of ice time and spent two minutes in the penalty box. The defender has consistently racked up more PIM than points throughout his career in the minors, so unless that is a big area of need, fantasy owners will likely want to pass on the 23-year-old even if he can crack the lineup.
Jonathan Racine was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Saturday, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.
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