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from Alain Poupart at NHL.com,
Shawn Thornton first got to know Dale Tallon more than a decade ago. Now that the two have been reunited with the Florida Panthers, the veteran forward knows exactly what his new general manager expects from him.
"At this point, I know my role and the job fairly well," Thornton told South Florida media members Thursday. "Dale didn't need to stress it too much to me. We've known each other for a long time and I think he knows how self-aware I am, if I'm self-aware at all, and what he needs to tell me. So there wasn't too much being said, except that he was excited that I was excited to come there. I was very pleased that they were as interested."
Thornton, who turned 37 on July 23, joined the Panthers as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after the Boston Bruins decided against bringing him back for an eighth season. He was a popular player in Boston, in part because of his outgoing personality and also because of his role as the Bruins' enforcer.
"It's no different than anything in life," Thornton said. "You spend seven and a half years somewhere, you're going to have a lot of ties, you're going to have a lot of memories. I was fortunate to be on a pretty good team the last five years that I was here, so it was a lot of fond memories. But I'm excited for the next chapter.
from Jim Day of The Guardian,
Gerard “Turk’’ Gallant is guzzling a can of Zero Coke mid-morning moments after entering his home on the outskirts of Summerside.
He will likely have tossed back four sodas by day’s end, well down from the 10 or so daily pops he would drink during his playing days in the National Hockey League.
He has never been one for tea or coffee.
Gallant, 50, washed down a breakfast of steak and eggs with chocolate milk while speaking with The Guardian about his long career in hockey that now sees him readying for the 2014-15 NHL season as the Florida Panthers new head coach.
His tasteful personal hockey shrine in the room he describes as the “one we are never in’’ offers a snapshot of an impressive run in professional hockey that spans three decades and counting.
The Florida Panthers have re-signed defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year deal worth a total of $13 million.
Kulikov's new deal carries an average annual value of $4.33 million.
The 23-year old Russian scored eight goals and added 11 assists in 81 games with the Panthers in 2013-14.
The Florida Panthers have placed defenceman Ed Jovanovski on waivers.
The 38-year-old Panthers captain scored one goal and four assists in 37 games with the Panthers in 2013-14.
Jovanovski has one year remaining on a four-year deal he signed with the Panthers prior to the 2011-12 season. The deal is worth an average annual value of $4.125 million.
Aaron Ekblad was mic'd up on draft day including hearing his name called as the #1 pick by the Florida Panthers.
The Florida Panthers will have an array of options when it comes to the first-overall selection in tonight's NHL Draft.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Panthers are considering a number of trade options for the pick, including those from teams picking outside of the top 10 selections.
Many of those offers are believed to be centred around current NHL players.
Dreger adds that the Panthers do not plan on making their decision on whether to trade the top pick on the draft floor, and therefore will likely make a decision prior to the kick-off of the first round.
The Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers are also both content staying at second and third overall, respectively, according to Dreger.
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