Cory Murphy's Release Opens Door for Panthers' Prospects

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2008

Earlier today, Cory Murphy—former stand-out defenseman in Finland—was waived.

Murphy was solid at the beginning of his Florida Panthers career, but due to injury and lack of defensive responsibility, he failed to be an effective puck-moving defenseman. If he is not claimed by noon, Murphy will be sent down to the minors.

This move was important in many ways.

Now that Murphy has been waived, it opens up another roster spot for a Panthers' prospect. The initial thought was that prospect Shawn Matthias would be the newest Panther, but with the excellent preseason Anthony Stewart has had, he may be brought up to the Panthers' roster as well.

The Panthers still need to decide which prospect they want to send down. Michael Frolik may be the odd man left out for now, as Matthias seems more ready and Stewart has been playing very well as of late.

Murphy could still possibly rejoin the Panthers for depth, as they may feel the need to bring him back up if retained. In 47 games, Murphy scored two goals with 15 assists. If he can put up numbers like these consistently, he may become a Panther again.

It looks to be another tough decision for the Panthers. The first game of the season is coming up and the Panthers' roster may look a bit different than we thought it would.