Movement Alert: Major turnaround concerning Florida Panthers' goalie Spencer Knight

Published February 22, 2023 at 10:04 PM
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In the last few minutes, the Florida Panthers announced a decision that completely took the hockey world by surprise.

It involves their young goalie Spencer Knight, drafted 13th overall in 2019, by their former regime.

See the announcement in question:

"Spencer Knight is headed to the American Hockey League in Charlotte, along with Grigori Denisenko. That's what the Panthers just announced.


Goalie Alex Lyon is being recalled by Florida to take Knight's job."

- David Dwork

The reactions are many:

"Whoa! Huge surprise in Florida as young Knight loses his spot in front of the Panthers net. A situation unthinkable a few months ago."

He's still quite young, but indeed, Spencer Knight just lost his position in front of the Panthers' net.

One would hope that this is simply to allow Knight to regain his confidence and play more regularly (in the AHL), but the least we can say is that nobody saw this one coming.

Fortunately for the Panthers, Knight is not eligible for waivers.

A golden opportunity for Lyon and a vote of confidence for Bobrovsky.

So this is indeed a great opportunity for Lyon, 30, and it's also interesting news for veteran Sergei Bobrovsky, who will have a big workload, at the most important time of the season for his team.

The Panthers, who are in the midst of a race to try and make the 2023 NHL playoffs, can't afford to lose too many games anymore.

They are in last place in the playoff race, one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have a four game lead over the Panthers. It's getting tougher!

Knight was going through a very difficult sequence, and Florida could not afford his largesse anymore (3 wins in his last 10 games, with a goals-against-average of 4.76 and an efficiency rate of .846)

Let's not forget that the Montreal Canadiens have the 2023 first round pick (not protected) of the Florida Panthers, which is all the more reason for them not to miss the playoffs.

Do you think they will? Do you think they will trade Knight for immediate help?

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Movement Alert: Major turnaround concerning Florida Panthers' goalie Spencer Knight

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