SUNRISE, Fla. -- Veteran forward Alex Kovalev's status remains unknown.
"It was just a mutual agreement that we wanted to go in a different direction, that's all," Tallon said.
Tallon said he was hoping for a resolution sometime this week. Kovalev, who was out of the NHL last season, could agree to be sent down to the American Hockey League, accept a buyout or retire.
Kovalev was signed to a one-year contract after going to training camp as a tryout player and started the season with a goal and two assists in the opener, a 5-1 home victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.
But Kovalev had a goal and an assist over the next 16 games and was scratched three times during that stretch.
He last played Feb. 22 in a 3-1 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins, getting a season-low 9:17 of ice time. The following game, against the Boston Bruins at the BB&T Center, came on Kovalev's 40th birthday but he was a healthy scratch.
Kovalev did not accompany the Panthers on their recent trip, Saturday's game at Carolina.
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