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Florida Panthers get Nutivaara back, ready for Sunday’s season opener

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara warms up before a preseason game against the New Jersey Devils at Nationwide Arena in 2019. // Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire

Two days after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made his 2021 practice debut with the Florida Panthers, his former Columbus teammate Markus Nutivaara did so as well.

As was the case with Bobrovsky, Nutivaara was on the Panthers’ ‘unfit to play’ list.

Florida kept both players off their opening night roster with Nutivaara being the only Panthers player to be mentioned on the NHL’s first COVID-19 protocol list on Wednesday.

Nutivaara was not on the list provided by the league the following day.

For this being his first practice since the Panthers opened training camp on Jan. 3, Nutivaara was understandably a little winded after working with the main game group on Friday.

The Panthers open their 2021 season Sunday against the winless Chicago Blackhawks.

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