Former Sharks draft pick signs for Panthers

Nottingham Panthers have confirmed the signing of experienced ‘D’ man Dan Spang.

The 32-year-old was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2002 and went on to play over 300 AHL games.

Spang, who has also iced in Germany, Sweden and Finland, spent part of last season with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL.

Head Coach Corey Neilson said: “He will make us a better team – he’s just what I wanted to add to the blueline.

“He has good skating skills, obviously, because you just don’t get to play in the leagues he has been at as an import without them. Only last year he was in the KHL.

“He can get forward with the puck and he makes good first passes out of defence. I’m very happy to get him.”

With Cam Janssen’s decision to stay in America Neilson still has one more signing to make, but says he won’t be rushed.

“There are guys out there who fit the bill for what we need – I’ve spoken to a few over the weekend, and I have a wish-list,” added Neilson.

“I’ve waited patiently to get the guys we wanted throughout the summer and we’re not going to start having a panic now. We want to get it right.”

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