It was widely suspected after the season, when Corban Knight did not sign a contract with the Florida Panthers, that he would wind up taking the free agent route. Now, that’s confirmed.
Knight will either be traded by the Florida Panthers or he will become a free agent in two months.
Knight confirmed that in this Edmonton Journal story.
The story says that Knight plans to become a free agent on Aug. 15, but could end up signing elsewhere if the Panthers trade his rights. The Journal reported that three teams have inquired about trades with the Panthers.
The story suggests that the Edmonton Oilers sign Knight, though I’m not sure if that’s the most likely destination with all of the young prospects the Oilers have stockpiled. It appears that Florida’s stockpile deterred Knight from signing there.
The last two UND players to sign NHL deals after becoming free agents on Aug. 15 after their senior year were Matt Watkins (drafted by Dallas, signed by Phoenix) and Chris Porter (drafted by Chicago, signed with St. Louis). Jason Gregoire (drafted by N.Y. Islanders, signed with Winnipeg) used a different route to become a free agent.
Knight, of High River, Alta., was a Hobey Baker Award finalist as a senior for tallying 49 points in 41 games. He grew up a Vancouver Canucks fan.