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via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired forward Zach Hyman and a conditional seventh round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Greg McKegg.
Hyman, 23, was a First Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten selection after leading the Big Ten with 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists) while playing for the University of Michigan last season. He was also named a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. In 152 games with Michigan, Hyman recorded 89 points (35 goals, 54 assists) and 42 penalty minutes. In 2011, he was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year after collecting 102 points in 43 games with the Hamilton Red Wings (OJHL). The Toronto, Ontario native was originally selected in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
How appropriate: The general manager of the team hosting the 2015 NHL Draft next week says none of his team’s remaining unrestricted free agents will receive an offer and the roster will get younger next year.
And that team, the Panthers, will be searching for a swift, goal-scoring winger with the 11th overall pick in the annual pick-and-pray June 26 and 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise.
“We’re going to go young and see what’s available July 1 [first day of the free agency signing period],” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. “I like young teams, I like young players. We have some good young players in our system and we’re going to give them an opportunity. I think that’s the direction we need to go in. My goal is to have 20 guys on our team that are all drafts of ours. I don’t think that can happen, but that’s the goal.”
So, wingers Tomas Kopecky, Scottie Upshall and goalie Dan Ellis can intensify their searches for new hockey homes or new retirement homes. Tallon said the restricted free agents, such as Jonathan Huberdeau, will receive offers and they want to lock down their core in long-term deals such as the one they signed center Nick Bjugstad to late last season.
Meanwhile, they’ll continue searching for a goal-scorer to complete a Panthers talent garden showing signs of bearing fruit bountifully.
added 1:53pm, Florida press release is below...
via the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that F Nick Bjugstad underwent successful surgery on his lower back today at the Mayo Sports Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will be out for the remainder of the regular season and a full recovery is expected.
“After consulting with Nick and thoroughly evaluating the extent of his injury, we mutually felt it was important to have this procedure done as soon as possible,” said Tallon. “Nick showed a tremendous amount of character over the past month, playing through an injury, while helping our club compete down the final stretch for a playoff spot. He will be closely monitored by our medical staff during his rehabilitation process and will be ready for the start of training camp in September.”
from Katie Baker of Grantland,
“You don’t even want to know what’s been going on at my house,” said Megan Mitchell, and for once she wasn’t referring to a lively dinner party, a messy cooking class, or a late-late-night fishing session off the backyard dock. Her eyes were bright but battle-weary; they had the sanity-deprived look you might see in a mother of triplets or a junior investment banker. She’d been through some shit.
It’s one thing to share a house with a 6-foot-plus, 200-pound-plus NHL player suffering from what his team gently describes as “flu-like symptoms.” But it’s quite another to have to deal with two of them.
Both of Megan’s roommates had come home from work infected with some sort of superbug — “the norovirus,” is how she diagnosed it — that turned her serene home into a makeshift infectious diseases ward. One was her husband, Willie Mitchell, the 37-year-old captain of the Florida Panthers. The other was 19-year-old Aaron Ekblad, the promising young rookie she sometimes calls her son.
When the Mitchells relocated from Southern California to South Florida this summer, they had no idea they’d wind up harboring a teen.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
In his first year as coach of the Panthers, Gerard Gallant has not let his emotions rise too high nor sink very low based on the outcome of a game.
Tuesday night, however, Gallant couldn't hide his disappointment nor frustration in what could be an extremely costly defeat.
The Panthers' playoff hopes took a major hit when Tampa Bay scored twice in the third period to come back to beat the visitors from South Florida 4-3.
Florida scored three goals in a span of 1:58 in the second period to take a lead into the third, but the hard-nosed Lightning never stopped coming.
"We battled back, we took the lead. The last goal cost us the hockey game,'' Gallant said.
"We played well, it's a disappointing loss. We gave up three weak goals -- not by the goaltending but by defensive zone coverage and not battling, not working. We played hard, but you can't give up three goals like that.''
Jaromir Jagr scored his 718th NHL goal tonight, which puts him 5th on the all-time goal list, one ahead of Phil Esposito.
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with D Steven Kampfer.
“Since we acquired Steven in October, he has been a welcome addition to our organization,” said Tallon. “He has worked extremely hard since his recall and has fit very well into our line-up, contributing both offensively and defensively. Steven is most deserving of this contract extension and we look forward to his continued contributions to our club.”
Kampfer, 26, has appeared in 18 games with Florida this season, registering three points (1-2—3) with 18 shots on goal. During his career in the National Hockey League, he has played in 79 games for Florida (2015), Minnesota (2011-2012) and Boston (2010-2012), scoring eight goals with 10 assists and 24 penalty minutes. He played in 42 games with San Antonio (AHL) this season, scoring eight goals with 11 assists.
Michael Hutchinson looked like he wasn't sure how to play the puck, Derek MacKenzie with the tip...
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