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Florida Panthers sign goaltender Andrew Hammond to PTO

The Florida Panthers continue to add former Ottawa Senators to their roster as they reportedly sign goaltender Andrew Hammond on a pro tryout.

In 67 NHL games, Hammond — nicknamed the “Hamburglar” when he first came on the scene with the Sens — is 31-20-7 with a .916 save percentage and goalscoring average. career allowed 2.56.

Hammond is currently the second known player invited to camp on a PTO; Eric Staal, the second pick in the 2003 draft, is the other.

Now 34, Hammond made 11 NHL starts last season, splitting them between the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils. He was 4-5-1 with a .879/3.89.

Hammond also made 11 AHL starts for the Iowa Wild in 2021-22, going 6-2-3 with a .908/2.44 average and three shutouts.

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He made his first NHL start since April 2018 on Feb. 28, stopping 30 of 32 shots in a win over the New York Islanders.

It was the first of Hammond’s four games with the Montreal Canadiens where he went 3-0-0 with an average of .920/2.40.

Hammond was traded to the Devils at the deadline and went on to go 1-5-1 with an average of .860/4.66 in seven games.

The 6-foot-2 goaltender is best known for bursting onto the scene in his first NHL season, posting a 20-1-2 record with a .941/1.79 for Ottawa after being recalled from the AHL .

Hammond started the 2014-15 campaign going 14-0 before suffering their first loss to the New York Rangers.

He capped the 2014-15 season with two playoff starts, losing both games while posting a .914/3.44.

Hammond will likely compete for Florida’s No. 3 goalie position and a berth with the Florida AHL’s Charlotte Checkers during training camp with newly signed Alex Lyon to help give the team stability. organization in front of the net.