Former Florida Panthers defenseman Jonathan Racine has only appeared in one career NHL game since going pro with the Atlantic Division club – but if he makes his way up to the majors again, it won’t be in Florida.
It was confirmed on Saturday morning that Racine, a former third round pick of the Panthers from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been dealt to the Montreal Canadiens. Heading back the other way is Tim Bozon, a 22-year-old left winger who spent last season split between the AHL and the ECHL.
A native of Montreal, the 23-year-old Racine played nearly his entire major junior career with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. He finished up his final year with the Moncton Wildcats in the 2012-13 campaign, then went pro with Florida the following year. Last season, he put up a goal and nine points in 69 career AHL games with the Portland Pirates, setting a career high for points in the pros.
Heading back to Florida is Bozon, a former WHL forward from Lugano, Switzterland.
Drafted in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by Montreal, Bozon first made the move to the pros at the end of the 2014-15 season, playing in one game following his final season of major juniors with the Kootenay Ice.
This past year, the forward put up eight points in 41 AHL games for the St. John’s Ice Caps, spending another 15 games with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. He put up nine points during those games.