Lucas Wallmark and the Florida Panthers have parted ways — again.
On Tuesday, CSKA Moscow of the KHL announced it had signed the center to a one-year deal.
Former Panthers forward Maxim Mamim (2017-19) scored 15 goals with 35 points for CSKA last season.
This is the second consecutive offseason in which Wallmark has left the Panthers. Last year, Wallmark — who was one of four players who came back from Carolina in the Vincent Trocheck trade — was not given a qualifying offer by the Panthers and he signed a free agent deal with the Blackhawks.
Florida GM Bill Zito brought Wallmark back to South Florida before the trade deadline in the Brett Connolly-Riley Stillman-Henrik Borgstom deal.
Wallmark did not find a whole lot of playing time in his second stint with the Panthers.
After playing in his first three games following the trade, Wallmark was a healthy scratch in eight of the final nine regular season games. Wallmark did not play in any of Florida’s six postseason games.
Because he is a restricted free agent, Wallmark’s NHL rights would belong to the Panthers although the team would need to make him a qualifying offer.
So, Wallmark could come back to the Florida Panthers a third time.
Stranger things have happened.
As it stands right now, Wallmark has played in a grand total of 11 games with the Panthers over the course of the past two seasons with one goal and two points.