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.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie