The Panthers announced their opening-night roster Wednesday and, due to some lingering injuries, Michael Frolik, Shawn Matthias
and Cory Murphy were all on the list.
According to GM Jacques Martin nagging injuries to Stephen Weiss
(groin), David Booth (back), Radek Dvorak (ribs) and Karlis Skrastins (neck) have kept them on the injured reserve list. All but Skrastins practiced Wednesday and Weiss, Booth and Dvorak can be cleared to play in Friday’s season-opener in Carolina as late as 5 p.m., that evening.
But for the time being, “We have some injured guys and that’s why (Frolik and Matthias) are here,” Martin said.
“Once we get healthy,” he added, “we’ll make a decision.”
Although he was placed Tuesday on waivers – and cleared them – Murphy remains with the team. “His future hasn’t changed,” Martin said. “He’s going to be on our roster and available to play Friday night.”
Martin added that sending Murphy to the Panthers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., “is not an issue.”
“It hasn’t been brought up,” Martin said. “Just because he cleared waivers doesn’t mean he’s going to Rochester. That wasn’t the reason behind putting him on waivers.”
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