Panthers Rumors: Team Looking To Bring In Veteran Forward For PTO

The Florida Panthers are actively exploring the possibility of inviting Paul Stastny for a professional tryout (PTO) as they gear up for the upcoming NHL season.

Heading into his 18th season in the league, Stastny's extensive career and experience with various teams make him an intriguing addition.

Last season, he showcased his capabilities with the Carolina Hurricanes, contributing nine goals and 22 points.

However, his playing time notably decreased, averaging just 11 minutes and 52 seconds on ice per game – a significant drop from his prior season with the Winnipeg Jets, where he averaged 17 minutes and 46 seconds.

The Panthers' interest in a PTO arrangement reflects their strategy of assessing Stastny's adaptability to potential role changes and his fit within the team dynamics before making long-term decisions.

Stastny's potential connection with coach Paul Maurice from their time in Winnipeg adds an interesting dimension, suggesting familiarity with the team's systems and strategies.

The Panthers seem to value his experience and skillset, which could contribute to their roster's depth and leadership.

For his career in total, the 37-year-old has amassed 293 goals and 822 total points across 1,145 games played.

By considering a PTO, both the team and Stastny have an opportunity to evaluate his performance during the training camp, ultimately determining if his presence aligns with the Panthers' objectives for the upcoming season.

While his playing time has shifted, his impact as a veteran player could extend beyond statistics, shaping the team's chemistry and overall success. Photo Credit:  Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports