James Reimer is apparently Carolina bound after Florida found its trade partner.
According to TSN, the Panthers have traded the veteran goaltender to the Hurricanes for Scott Darling and a 2020 sixth-round pick.
Darling won’t be in Florida for long, though, as the Panthers have placed him on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout, the report noted.
It had been reported that Reimer was on his way out of Florida since he is owed $3.4 million over each of the next two seasons. He has two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed with Florida in July 2016.
The buyout will save the Panthers $2.4 million in salary cap space next season and just under $200,000 in 2020-21. However, it will cost the team $659,000 in cap space over the next two years.
With 2 years left in his contract the buyout will last 4 years with the following cap hit
2022-23 $1.183M pic.twitter.com/IQg4ELNieh
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2019
Reimer, 31, posted a 13-12-5 record in 29 starts with a .900 save percentage and a 3.09 GAA last season as the backup for the newly retired Roberto Luongo.