With an expanded 2021 roster due to COVID-19 protocols, the battle for spots in NHL training camps — and with the Florida Panthers — will not be as pronounced as in past years.
Sure, the fight for who makes the final 23-man roster will be important.
Yet those who do not can be kept around on a limited taxi squad.
So, there shouldn’t be as many sad faces packing their bags for a trip to the minors in the days leading up to the season opener Jan. 14 against the Dallas Stars.
Still, the taxi squad can be a temporary reprieve.