Returning to hockey news, David Brine has accepted the Florida Panthers qualifying offer of a one year two way deal. Brine will be entering his third season with the Rochester Americans this fall.
Last season Brine was fifth in scoring on the team with 8 goals and 23 assists along with 70 penalty minutes. He also dressed in 79 out of 80 games, the highest of any Amerk player during the season.
He is a consistent two way player who can be relied upon to win the majority of face offs he takes along with not being afraid to play the body. In terms of depth he’s not near the top for the Panthers but they know he exists. The Panthers had called up Brine for nine games during the 2007/2008 season.
In 2006, Brine was a contestant on the reality series Making the Cut: Last Man Standing that appeared on Global TV in Canada. He did not win the series but impressed Mike Keenan enough to earn a tryout with the Florida Panthers which resulted in being signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent. Former Rochester American Franklin MacDonald went on to win the season.
With the veterans that have been signed during the off season to play in Rochester it could benefit Brine to take his game up a notch. If he hopes to become an NHL player this will need to be his year to show the world what he’s capable of.
Here’s the scene from Making the Cut where David Brine is told by Mike Keenan that he is being sent home: