SUNRISE — Spencer Knight, the goalkeeper for the Florida Panthers, will take a leave of absence for personal reasons and receive care through the NHL/NHLPA player assistance programme.
All players and their families have access to the player aid programme. The programme offers support to people dealing with mental health, drug abuse, or other problems. It is not thought that Knight has a problem with drugs or alcohol. Knight’s return has no set date in the future.
According to a statement from the NHLPA and the NHL, Knight will continue to receive compensation as long as he is undergoing therapy. After the programme officials have given him the all-clear for on-ice competition, he will return to the Club.
Jordan Neumann, Knight’s agent, said to FHN on Friday afternoon, “We are all worried about Spencer’s wellbeing.” “The organisation has been excellent and helpful at every turn. In the near future, we anticipate seeing him play again.
Knight’s equipment was still visible Thursday afternoon outside the Panthers’ locker room after having been originally assigned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte on Wednesday. It appears that Knight had intended to meet the Checkers in Providence before their Friday night match.
Knight’s transfer to the AHL has now been cancelled, and Alex Lyon will stay with the Panthers for the foreseeable future. Players who have participated in the programme in the past have not been deducted from a team’s wage cap.
On a question about Knight on Thursday, Florida coach Paul Maurice just mentioned Knight moving down to the AHL to play some games. Since December, Knight has been battling an illness and an injury.
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Florida coach Paul Maurice stated, “It is so much particularly scheduling related and then sort of sickness and health based for him.” He simply missed the net, and now since we are staying at home for a month, we have this long period of time.
Since he has played so brilliantly and it is his ball, Sergei has a significant role in this. Spencer needs to perform well here. He needs to have several pucks thrown at him.
As a result, we have until the two four-game weeks at the end of March before we’ll need to use two goalies. There is a schedule that states, “You’ve got a guy hot, run him,” before that.