Now, my belief is that Mike Vernon wore #29 during his stay with the Panthers. This suggests that (at least at that time) he was also wearing #32.
Does anyone remember this? (Better yet, have pictures?)
EDIT: for what it's worth, he's back to #29 on January 6.
According to www.hockey-reference.com, Ryan Johnson also wore 29 that season, as well as #12 (also worn by Alex Hicks). Johnson was traded to Tampa Bay on March 14th of that season (Hicks would play 8 games that season, the first being on 3/21).
So at some point during the season, Johnson switched from 29 to 12, leaving 29 vacant for Vernon.
Also interesting is the apparent number swap of #16 and #26 between Ivan Novoseltsev and Ray Sheppard; likely Novoseltsev held 26 when Sheppard was acquired, and gave it up to the veteran.
Hockey reference has him listed as having worn both numbers, and generally speaking, their pretty accurate. I found a few pictures with him in a #29 jersey, nothing in #32. Mightve' worn it in his first few starts or whatever, lost, felt it was unlucky, responsible. Best be getting rid of that kind of VooDoo. Clearly a Hexed number... the trade & availability of 29 a blessing.