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Brodeur has 691 wins, Luongo reached 448 last night.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Roberto Luongo had been tied with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk on the NHL’s all-time win list for almost three weeks.
Monday night, Luongo finally got sole possession of fifth.
Luongo looked terrific as he backstopped the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the host New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
“I wasn’t too worried about it, I just wanted to get some wins,” Luongo said. “Obviously our goal is to make the playoffs and that’s where my focus is — 100 percent. The rest will take care of itself.”
The victory was No. 448 for Luongo — who had not been in the personal win column since Dec. 20 against the visiting Sabres.
"I wasn't fired because of analytics. I loved coaching the Florida Panthers and I'm a stubborn guy at times; maybe I said a little too much, maybe I gave my opinion a little bit too much. Maybe when they asked for my opinion, I have an honest opinion and sometimes it doesn't help you. Maybe it wasn't always what they wanted to hear. I don't know where it went from there ..."
-Gerard Gallant to Piere LeBrun of ESPN. More on and from Gallant.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Griffith, playing on Florida’s top line alongside Jagr and Vincent Trocheck, left Wednesday’s game in the first period with a concussion after a hit from Ehlers.
Rowe made no bones about the hit.
“It was a dirty hit, but Ehlers, he deliberately did it,” Rowe said of the blindside hit.
“I don’t care what anyone says. I saw it on video; it’s a dirty hit.”
more on Florida's 4-1 loss to Winnipeg...
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
How does a team that racked up a best-ever 103-point season and the Atlantic Division title a year ago turn itself into a hot mess of a franchise verging on the bizarre and the bozo?
Eyes right: To owner Vincent Viola, the West Point graduate and 101st Airborne vet who shook the bejeezus out of the Panthers’ front office over the summer in what most observers view as a fatal enthrallment with advanced analytics, embraced by an upper management cadre of aye-aye-sir army-exes in possession of scant hockey smarts.
Viola, by the way, was recently selected by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to serve as his Secretary of the Army. Which is either a mark of distinction or a further imputation.
In essence, these Panthers are the antithesis, the reverse-double-with-a-twist opposite of the Maple Leafs — no plan, no ballast, no clue, with a couple of glitterati players whose stars must surely start to dim soon, no disrespect intended to Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo.
Just the sort of sad-sack opponent to widen Leaf eyes in anticipation of filling their bellies, first game after Xmas, caring nothing for the turmoil which has beset Florida.
Ha. Ha. Ha. Post ho-ho-ho.
continue for more on the Leafs 3-2 shootout win over the Panthers...
Jagr with the assist...
NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2016) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding the nomination of Florida Panthers chairman, owner and governor Vincent Viola as Secretary of the Army:
“We proudly congratulate Vincent Viola on his nomination to this important position – which, pending Senate approval, obviously will require his full-time attention. The Club has assured us that the day-to-day operations of the Panthers’ franchise will not be affected by this development, and we will certainly work closely with the Club to ensure that is the case. Mr. Viola and team ownership have further advised that they remain completely committed to South Florida and to the Panthers’ fans.”
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
... Oh, the fun we’ll have as Viola, only moderately successful as an NHL owner so far, attempts to take his rightful place alongside Linda McMahon, Kanye West and Rex Tillerson as the Trump administration nuzzles up to Vladimir Putin and expansionist Russia.
Seriously, you couldn’t make this stuff up.
We’ve been in uncharted territory for a while now as The Great Orange Fog prepares to assume power, and now the NHL gets to join in the festivities. Roberto Luongo should be able to snag great tickets for next month’s inauguration.
Viola, who bought the Panthers in 2013 and this year gave the team’s logo more of a military-style look, graduated from West Point in 1977, became a billionaire through electronic trading and helped fund the Combating Terrorism Centre after 9/11. In other words, he has the money required to join Trump’s billionaire-boys cabinet, plus a serious military background that makes him a qualified candidate for this office.
Indeed, as evidence mounts that Putin-inspired hacking helped nudge Trump towards the U.S. presidency, it’s fascinating that Viola has for some time been a proponent of America becoming much more proficient and aggressive in the world of cyber warfare.
Remind me not to log into the Panthers' website.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Tallon and owner Vinny Viola met Wednesday, the morning after an ugly 5-1 loss in Minnesota that dropped Florida to 2-6 since Gerard Gallant was fired. Hours later, there was a report Tallon resumed control of the franchise’s day-to-day operations.
A few sources backed the information, indicating they were under the impression Tallon received increased responsibility. That included both agents and executives from other NHL teams. (Tallon himself could not be reached for comment.) However, owner Vinny Viola, reached Wednesday night, indicated nothing has changed.
“As far as I am concerned, Dale has always had final say over hockey decisions,” Viola said by telephone. “What we had done is bifurcate Dale from some things he didn’t need to worry about anymore [negotiating contracts, for example]. But, in terms of player decisions, it is his call.”
Viola’s comments were met with skepticism, since, for example, Tallon would not have supported Gallant’s firing or Erik Gudbranson’s trade. I’ve heard the same rumours as everyone else — about Tallon being pushed aside and losing power in the hockey department.
It’s weird. What I don’t understand is why there would be any report of a change if nothing was different.
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