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Panthers' Bergenheim wins medical grievance

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Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim, who will miss the rest of the season with an injury, has won his medical grievance against the Panthers and will receive his full salary, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported.

The Panthers suspended Bergenheim in January when he did not get medical clearance for a lower-body injury that the team believed was sustained while he was playing in Finland during the lockout.

Bergenheim, 28, was due $2.75 million this season, but a team can suspend a player without pay if he is injured while playing overseas.

Bergenheim filed a grievance claiming the injury was suffered before the lockout, not while playing in Finland.

By winning the grievance, he will get his full salary, retroactive to the lockout.

According to the report, Bergenheim is expected to have surgery in an area around his hip and lower abdomen.

Bergenheim scored a career-high 17 goals for the Panthers last season.

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