The Panthers would like to continue improving their blueline with the addition of captain Ed Jovanovski although that probably isn't forthcoming. Jovanovski continues to workout with the team, but his return from major hip surgery at 37 is a slow process.

Neither the Panthers nor Jovanovski are pushing things.

"I'm still in the frame of mind that I'm getting stronger, more comfortable in making that next step,'' Jovanovski said Tuesday. "There's still no date. I think at this point, a lot of it comes down to you being your own doctor of sorts. I'm taking the information from doctors and I know I don't feel quite ready.''