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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
If the county agrees to pay for the scoreboard, it will be in place by this coming season.
If they don't ...
"We've put enough money into the building,'' Yormark said, adding the team is spending $1 million to replace the original flooring in the main concourse this summer.
"We're not in the position to buy one. If the scoreboard just collapses next year, which I'm sure it will, we just won't have a scoreboard.''
Yormark said Monday that an NHL rep will be with him at Tuesday's commission meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
To tell the commissioners that if the scoreboard is approved, the NHL promises to bring the draft to Sunrise within the next three years.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- Dale Tallon’s status as executive of the year has taken a hit after a disastrous season in Florida. The catchy phrase “Red Rising” should be changed to “Seeing Red” after an embarrassing year. Signing winger Alexei Kovalev was the first mistake and veteran defenceman Ed Jovanovski didn’t work, either. Then, there was the whole fiasco involving Sean Bergenheim. The club refused to pay the injured forward, lost a grievance and then had to pay his full $2.75 million salary this season. While Tallon gained a reputation as being player-friendly, Florida may not be a desired destination among players anymore.
- Whispers out of St. Louis have players frustrated with the antics of coach Ken Hitchcock. It seems Hitchcock has the ear of players wherever he goes in the short term, but his constant picking apart and calling them out has gotten old. The team has performed far below expectations and is struggling to hang on to a playoff spot. Many league executives believe a quick exit could lead to changes for a team that is operating on a shoestring budget where ownership is counting on a deep playoff run to minimize losses.
more including notes on the Flyers, Coyotes Sabres, Luongo and Iginla...
First the Florida broadcast and the New Jersey broadcast is below...
Acrobatic toe-save by Clemmenssen as the Florida Panthers defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1. The Senators had a 41-17 advantage in shots for the game.
Gudbranson received a five minute major for boarding, a ten and game misconduct.
Erat was questionable for a return.
First the Washington broadcast and below watch the Florida broadcast...
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed C Nick Bjugstad to an entry level contract.
“We are extremely pleased to have signed Nick,” said Tallon. “He is a young, talented and physical forward that excelled during his time at the University of Minnesota. Nick is one of our top prospects who has great vision at both ends of the ice and possesses a strong hockey sense. We look forward to his continued development as he takes this next step in his hockey career.”
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Barring a miracle, the Panthers’ season will end on April 27 in Tampa. As has been the case every spring since 2001 — save for last year and the lockout of 2005 — the Panthers will watch the playoffs and not participate in them.
“We’re trying to keep our competitive level extremely high,” said second-year coach Kevin Dineen, who led the Panthers to the playoffs for the first time since 2000 last season.
“I think I said from Day 1 we wanted a healthy, quality environment. It’s no fun right now. We’re not having fun. But we’re still making strides trying to make this a place in which we get better no matter the situation.”
Even though the playoffs aren’t forthcoming for a team that has won two consecutive games just twice this year, that doesn’t mean the Panthers are giving up.
Robak received 5 for the cross-check plus a 10 and game misconduct. Sestito did not return and no update as of this time.
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