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Panthers sign veteran d-man Zanon

Jul 8, 2014, 7:19 PM EST

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The Florida Panthers added some veteran experience on defense Tuesday, signing Greg Zanon to a one-year, two-way deal.

Zanon, 34, spent last season with Florida’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio. It marked a bit of a fall from grace — prior to that, Zanon had appeared in 44 of 48 games for Colorado during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign and, from 2008-11, played in 245 of 246 games for the Predators and Wild.

All told, Zanon has nearly 500 games of NHL experience and 18 more in the playoffs. He’ll be looking to crack the Panthers lineup out of training camp and his experience could prove useful — with former captain Ed Jovanovski bought out of his contract, Florida now just has a pair of vets on defense (35-year-old Brian Campbell and 37-year-old Willie Mitchell) to go along with the kiddie corps: Erik Gudbranson (22), Alex Petrovic (22) Dylan Olsen (23) Colby Robak (24) and 18-year-old Aaron Ekblad, the first overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

 

  1. strictlythedanks - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    He blocks shots but couldn’t beat a turtle in a race

    • jernster21 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Nailed it.

    • polegojim - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Quite average w Avs… Likable, but mmmmeh!

  2. Idaslapter - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Zanon is a beast on the blocked shots.. Happy for him. Miss him in Nashville.

  3. blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    NOW HIRING !!!

    The ‘bankrupt’ and ‘unpopular’ Florida Panthers are now looking to fill several ‘defensive’ positions on their 2014-15 roster. Suitable candidates for these positions must be able to turn on a light switch, they must be able to jump ‘up & down’ on command and they must be able to ‘get along’ with a 64 million dollar parasite goaltender. Interested candidates should apply ‘right now’ to myvancouvercondoisstillforsale@flpanthers.com !

    though the Panthers are an ‘equal opportunity’ employer, special consideration will be given to:

    – cave dwellers
    – bearded neanderthals
    – former members of the Colorado Avalanche

    GO FLORIDA !!!

    GO LEBRON RETURNING TO CLEVELAND !!!

    GO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS EFFORTS TO ‘EASE’ THE CRISIS IN THE UKRAINE !!!

    • jernster21 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Your mom failed to fill a ‘defensive’ position when you were conceived. My condolences to your mother.

      • wutangwild - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        ohhhhhh now that was good lmao

      • illogic87 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        That doesnt make any sense.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    More like panthers sign caveman zanon

  5. 19inarow - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Is that a 34-yr-old man with a beard, or a 34-yr-old beard with a man?

    • 19to77 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Neither. The beard has endured since time immemorial, passed down from generation to generation when the time was right to become men.

      • wutangwild - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        I think its become self-aware

  6. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    We know who is going to lead the pre-season team building wilderness survival exercise.

    • 19to77 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Surprised the Preds didn’t sign him. Between him and Weber there’d be no way to get a shot through the maze of luxuriant beardiness.

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