The Panthers signed Connauton to a one-year, two-way deal and then placed him on waivers Wednesday, per TSN. In the highly likely scenario he passes through waivers unclaimed, Connauton will join the Panthers' taxi squad. The 30-year-old blueliner only appeared in four NHL contests with the Avalanche last season, going scoreless over that span.
Florida waived Connauton on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. Connauton attended the Panthers' training camp on a professional tryout agreement, and the team has yet to announce a contract signing, but the fact that he was waived Wednesday suggests a deal should be coming soon if it hasn't already been agreed upon. The 30-year-old blueliner will likely start the campaign on Florida's taxi squad.
Connauton signed a professional tryout agreement with Florida on Sunday, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports. Connauton spent most of last season with AHL Colorado, scoring 27 points in 38 games. He also picked up an assist in four games during the postseason. The 30-year-old blueliner will get a chance to fight for a depth spot on the Panthers' roster during training camp.
Connauton posted an assist and four PIM in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Stars in Game 3. Connauton entered the lineup for an injured Erik Johnson (undisclosed), and the former was able to make a contribution. The assist was a big one -- Connauton set up Nazem Kadri for what would be the game-winning goal. Prior to Monday's Game 2, Connauton had not played in a playoff game since 2013-14 with the Stars. He had no points and four shots on goal in four regular-season appearances this year.
Connauton posted zero points, a minus-2 rating and four shots in four NHL games this season prior to the league stoppage in March. It's unfortunate for the entire league and its fans that the NHL had to suspend the season, but it's probably particularly hard on Connauton, who was just promoted back to the Avalanche in early March. Connauton played in three games prior to the stoppage and posted two shots and a minus-2 rating. The 30-year-old has one goal and eight points with a minus-4 rating in his last 54 NHL games.
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