Training camp for the Florida Panthers is set to begin on September 19th and veteran Jassen Cullimore may return to the Panthers.
Cullimore has accepted the Panthers' invitation for a professional tryout and may be back with the team for the 2008-09 season. Veteran defenseman Cullimore was released as an unrestricted free-agent earlier in the offseason. Cullimore can bring veteran experience and playoff success to a young Panthers club.
Cullimore had a solid season with the Florida Panthers, as he scored three goals and added 10 assists. He was brought in during the year to add solid defense at the blue-line. With the lack of veteran prowess for the Panthers last season, Cullimore was relied on heavily. This hurt his defensive game a bit due to the added ice time.
If the veteran defenseman returns to the Panthers, he will definitely be given a lesser workload and if signed, will most likely be used for depth.
Cullimore does bring lots of positives off the ice though, and could be a veteran to guide the Panthers' younger players. He would be an excellent mentor for young defensemen such as Noah Welch and Keith Ballard.
The Panthers will weigh their options on whether acquiring Cullimore would benefit the team. It seems to be a safe bet to me and I expect Cullimore to return to the Panthers.