The Sun Sentinel reports the Panthers have invited free agent defensemen Martin Skoula and Christian Backman to training camp. Neither player has signed a contract, but both will be in camp when it opens Sunday.
The Sports Xchange reports it's too easy to pick on defenseman Christian Backman, and -- to be fair -- not much was expected from him when he came to the Blue Jackets in an offseason deal with the New York Rangers. Backman was a throw-in, helping the Rangers get salary cap relief. Still, it was hard to watch him play without wondering who in the world signed him to a $3.4 million contact. He looked nervous, indecisive and not very skilled -- three bad character traits for an NHL defenseman.
The Sports Xchange reports Blue Jackets D Christian Backman ended a 40-game drought without a goal when he scored the overtime winner Saturday vs. San Jose. He's scored two goals this season, both vs. San Jose.
The Sports Xchange reports D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen might get more playing time in the wake of the Blue Jackets' trade for C Jason Williams. With Williams able to play the point, its easier to scratch D Christian Backman.
The Sports Xchange reports Blue Jackets D Christian Backman was a healthy scratch for the first time this season Sunday against the Ducks. He doesn't have a point since Oct. 24.
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