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Florida Panthers Claim D Josh Mahura Off Waivers

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Mahura skates with the puck during the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers on Nov. 21, 2019, in Sunrise. — AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

SUNRISE — The Florida Panthers saw all six players they placed on waivers Sunday afternoon clear and made an addition of their own by claiming defenseman Josh Mahura from the Anaheim Ducks.

Mahura, 24, scored three goals with seven points in 38 games for Anaheim last season.

He is a left-handed defenseman who was a third-round pick by Anaheim in 2016. Mahura has played in 79 NHL games with the Ducks over the past four seasons.

By claiming Mahura, the Panthers are expected to sent Matt Kiersted to AHL Charlotte when he is healthy. Kiersted is currently injured and with the team as are Zac Dalpe and Justin Sourdif.

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On Sunday, the Panthers placed six players on waivers including forwards Aleksi Heponiemi and Chris Tierney as well as defensemen Lucas Carlsson and Michael Del Zotto.

All six of the players waived on Sunday cleared so they can be — and have been — assigned to Charlotte.

Per the Checkers, seven players were loaned to Charlotte: Heponiemi, Carlsson, Del Zotto, Tierney, Gerald Mayhew, Alex Lyon and Logan Hutsko.

On Monday afternoon, coach Paul Maurice said the Panthers were expected to start the season with 20 players on the roster.

The team has to be under the NHL’s $82.5 million salary cap by 5 p.m. today.

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