SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced Monday that they completed a compliance buyout of defenceman Ed Jovanovski, who was the team's No. 1 overall draft pick 20 years ago.
The buyout saves the Panthers about $4 million in salary-cap space heading into free agency. Jovanovski has been in the NHL for 18 seasons, parts of seven of those with Florida, where he has long been a fan favourite.
Jovanovski was on the Florida team that went to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996.
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threatening illness