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Goalie Dan Ellis, defenseman Greg Zanon among 14 players demoted by Florida Panthers

The Panthers’ training camp has moved west to Texas — and the team is leaving quite a few players behind.

Florida trimmed its preseason roster on Sunday morning, basically sending 14 of its 49 players to its AHL affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.

The Panthers also placed veteran goalie Dan Ellis and defenseman Greg Zanon on waivers so they could be assigned to San Antonio. The Rampage opens camp on Monday.

“He’s played fine,’’ coach Gerard Gallant said of Ellis. “It’s just a situation that we have with three goalies. We’re securing the net position. He’ll go down and play some games down there. None of our goalies have played poorly. We feel we’re strong in net. It’s a numbers deal right now.’’

There weren’t many surprises on players cut Sunday as the Panthers have just one or two roster spots to fill before the season opener on Oct.9.

The players sent outright to San Antonio were: forwards Connor Brickley, Steven Hodges, John McFarland, Brett Olson and Logan Shaw; defensemen Josh McFadden, Jonathan Racine and Shayne Taker; goalies Sam Brittain and Michael Houser.

Forward Joe Basaraba and defenseman Joshua Brown also were released from their tryout but invited to Rampage camp.

“We have plenty of guys who are getting better in their career,’’ Gallant said. “We feel good about our depth. If something happens with our roster, we feel confident we have guys who can come up and step in.’’

▪ The Panthers try for their first preseason win of the year Monday when they take on the host Stars in Dallas.

Florida lost to the Stars 4-3 in a shootout last Wednesday.

After Monday’s game, Florida has a home-and-home exhibition schedule with Tampa Bay before the season begins.

“We’re getting close to having our team right now,’’ said Gallant, whose team was swept by Nashville in Saturday’s exhibition doubleheader.

“I thought we played well on Saturday. We have three games played and a lot of guys have played in two of them. It’s a process. Overall we’re real happy with the way we’re playing. We’re getting ready for the regular season.’’

Monday: Panthers at Stars

When/where: 8:30 p.m.; American Airlines Center, Dallas.

TV/radio: None.

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