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Florida Panthers Lose Grigori Denisenko to Vegas Golden Knights



The Florida Panthers lost Grigori Denisenko, the team’s first-round pick at the 2018 NHL Draft, after he was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SUNRISE — The Florida Panthers lost 2018 first-round pick Grigori Denisenko on Saturday afternoon as the forward was claimed off waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Coincidentally, the final game for Denisenko with the Panthers came in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas.

Florida placed a number of players on waivers Friday with the hope they would clear and report to AHL Charlotte.

Defenseman Matt Kiersted was one of the players who cleared.

Denisenko will report to the Golden Knights and be placed on their opening roster.

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The Panthers signed Denisenko to a two-year, one-way contract over the offseason and it appeared he was finally going to get a chance to crack the team’s lineup.

But he did not show a whole lot in training camp with coach Paul Maurice saying Friday that Denisenko was not going to be on the initial roster so he was placed on waivers.

Denisenko, 23, played in 26 games with the Panthers over the past three seasons and had seven assists.

“This is a big season upcoming for me,” Denisenko told Florida Hockey Now prior to the start of training camp. “I worked hard this summer to prepare for it. The two-year (contract) is a good deal and means a lot to me. I hope it leads to a good start in the NHL.

“The playoffs were a good experience for me, it was a big thing for me. It gave me a lot of confidence and was a good first step. Now I need a good camp and good preseason to get me ready for this season.”




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I think most of us were fairly certain this first round draft pick would never clear waivers bad back and all. Happy for him that he got scooped up by the team with the big silver chalice.


Can’t express how disappointed I am in losing this guy before truly giving him a chance. He never played more the three games in a row for us because of injuries and guys in front of him. Its not like he played and didn’t produce, that would be different, he just never played. Now well see what he really has, unfortunately for us, he’ll be in a different sweater. Best of luck to him.


Before giving him a chance? He had chance after chance and never did anything with it!!! He never really stood out on the ice or made a case for deserving a spot. Look at Mackie Samoskevich or Justin Sourdif – a big difference. They are on pucks, making plays, creating chances, etc. Denisenko had chance in last years playoffs, in training camps year after year, and in the some regular season games…. he didn’t do anything with it. Samo produced at almost a point a game this preseason – THAT is what you need to do to earn a spot.… Read more »

Cats and Leafs

I think he was the only one claimed today


Yeah, in Vegas, winning the cup means they have the final waiver claim. So that means everyone else in the league passed on him. Except for them, Kindle like adding injury. To insult

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