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Report: Skoula, Backman camp with Panthers

Tuesday, 09.08.2009 / 4:29 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

According to a report in the Sun Sentinel, the Florida Panthers have invited defensemen Martin Skoula and Christian Backman to training camp.

The Panthers haven't signed either player, but both will fly with the team Saturday to Nova Scotia for the start of training camp Sunday in Port Hawkesbury, and will have a chance to earn a contract.

Skoula, 29, played the last three-plus seasons for the Minnesota Wild, playing all but four regular-season games during that span. He had 16 points last season. He has also played for the Avalanche, Ducks and Stars.

Backman, 29, spent four-plus seasons with the St. Louis Blues before playing for the Rangers in 2007-08 and the Blue Jackets last season. He had seven points in 56 games for Columbus last season.

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