today 11:35 | Richard Pánik did not participate in the preparatory camp of the New York Islanders hockey players before the start of the new overseas NHL season. Read also VIDEO: Watch the last “standing ovations” for Zden Chara as… The name of the Slovak attacker does not appear in the squad published by the official website of the “islanders”. The reason for his absence is unknown. A total of 59 players will participate in the training – 34 forwards, 18 defenders and seven goalkeepers. The 31-year-old Pánik has one year remaining on a one-way contract with the Islanders, with an average salary of $2.75 million per season. Last year he played only four duels in the NHL for the club with one point for an assist. He mainly worked in the lower AHL for the Bridgeport Islanders and later the Chicago Wolves, with whom he won the prestigious Calder Cup. Pánik scored in all five final duels and was the support of Chicago on the way to the title – in 16 playoff games he scored a total of 11 points for six goals and five assists. He recorded his second triumph in the AHL. In the 2011/2012 season, he won the Calder Cup as a player for the Norfolk Admirals, then Tampa Bay’s farm. Panika was drafted 52nd in the second round by Tampa Bay in 2009. Later, he also wore the jerseys of Toronto, Chicago, Arizona, Washington and Detroit. The Islanders acquired Panik last July from Detroit in exchange for defenseman Nick Leddy. In 11 seasons in the NHL regular season, he has 521 duels and 195 points (88+107). In the playoffs, he added 20 duels with a record of 1+4. In the preparatory camps of NHL teams before the season, there are only 18 Slovaks from the original twenty. Nineteen-year-old winger Jakub Demek dropped out of the Vegas Golden Knights squad due to injury.
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