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Florida Panthers bringing veteran Russian defenseman to training camp

The Florida Panthers may not open training camp for another couple of weeks, but they have already made some moves on adding some depth as veteran defenseman Nikolai Belov will attend camp on a try-out basis, general manager Dale Tallon confirmed on Monday morning.

Belov, 30, has never played in the NHL but has spent the past nine seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, the second-best pro league in the world.

The Panthers could use some defensive depth and Belov could be a cheap addition.

Florida goes into camp with six veteran NHL defenseman on their roster with rookies Ian McCoshen, Michael Downing and MacKenzie Weegar vying for the seventh roster position.

In 394 games in the KHL with the likes of Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Ak Bars Kazan, SKA St. Petersburg and most recently Traktor Chelyabinsk, Belov has 30 goals and 54 assists.

Belov was part of the 2015 KHL championship team as SKA won the Gagarin Cup.

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