Stralman will turn 35 next week, and he signed a three-year contract as part of Florida’s 2019 free agent category.
With the arrival of free agency at noon on Wednesday, Zito needs to move some salaries to add some players-maybe guard Ryan Suter.
After signing a four-year contract with Sam Bennett on Monday, the Panthers have only about $5.4 million in salary left, and they have not yet signed the newly acquired forward Sam Reinhardt. The latter may be full.
By trading Stralman to Coyotes, the Panthers now have nearly $11 million in cap space.