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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.
from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,
It’s a big and exciting week for our forgotten franchise, for all the wrong reasons. The Florida Panthers have introduced a new head coach and are now preparing to make the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday — both of those things indicators of what you have been more so than where you’re headed.
Successful clubs don’t change coaches, let alone as consistently as this one does.
Winning teams don’t keep getting the loser’s consolation of high draft choices.
“We can’t keep drafting in the front,” general manager Dale Tallon said by phone Wednesday from the draft site in Philadelphia. “I want to be picking 30th, 29th. We’ve got to turn the tide. I realize we have to start turning the corner, and do it now.”
Beleaguered Cats fans have been hearing the same thing, in some form, from somebody, for seemingly forever. How long can you claim urgency? How long can you ask for patience?
With this club, the future is always now, but somehow it never gets here.
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