Panik was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Monday. Panik originally stayed up with the team after clearing waivers but had not been reassigned to the minor-league club. The 30-year-old winger should be atop the list of potential call-ups throughout the upcoming campaign should the need arise.
Panik has cleared waivers but remains with the team, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Panik had very little chance to make the team out of camp. His best chance to stay with the club will be as an extra forward, but general manager Lou Lamoriello may be keeping him with the team as he tries to make a trade or two rather than risk a team claiming someone like Kieffer Bellows on waivers. If the Islanders don't make a trade of some sort by the roster deadline Monday, Panik will likely see himself ticketed for Bridgeport of the AHL.
Panik was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Saturday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. Panik landing on the waiver wire certainly comes as a surprise considering the team acquired him from Detroit in exchange for Nick Leddy over the summer. IN 48 games for the Red Wings and Capitals last year, the 30-year-old Panik notched four goals, nine helpers and 59 shots. The Slovak has certainly bounced around the league, having played for six different clubs over his nine-year NHL career and could wind up with a seventh if somebody is willing to snatch him off waiver. If not, Panik figures to be assigned to AHL Bridgeport for the start of the season.
Panik was traded from the Red Wings to the Islanders on Friday in exchange for Nick Leddy. Panik has been moved around the last few seasons, and he'll now join his fifth team in the last five years to begin the 2021-22 campaign. He averaged 12:22 of ice time per game across 48 appearances with the Capitals and Red Wings last year, recording four goals and nine assists.
Panik garnered an assist Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars. Panik has a goal and an assist through six games following his trade to the Wings at the deadline. The journeyman, whom the Capitals gave up in the deal that also sent Jakub Vrana to Motown, finds himself in a third-line role, averaging 13:40 of ice time. Indeed, Panik is going to be utilized more frequently now that he's in Detroit, but the tradeoff is that he's on an inferior offense.
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