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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...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Presently, there is no review process in place to determine a violation of Rule 69—goalie interference. For the past three seasons, I have been publicly advocating for the implementation of a referee's review to be conducted from a monitor in the penalty box for all potential goals scored where goalkeeper interference is suspected. This would require a rule change and it finally appears to be getting some solid traction and consideration from the general managers.
Even if the referees had the ability to utilize video review, Jonathan Huberdeau's shootout winning goal on Saturday night would be one of the most difficult plays to determine if the goal was in fact scored in a legal manner. I believe that the vast majority of the referees would allow Huberdeau's goal to stand. Let me explain why.
watch the shootout goal below...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Hey, it's a nice story the Ottawa Senators jumping back into the playoff fray with a cadre of talented young players. And it's been fun to watch the plucky Florida Panthers continue to nip at the heels of the Boston Bruins. And while it's become an interesting storyline, it's highly unlikely to become anything more than that for the Panthers, because we're talking about the Boston Bruins here.
The Bs are 4-0-1 in their last five and have points in seven of their last 10 games after an emphatic 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, a score that flattered Detroit given that Boston was up comfortably 4-1 after the second period.
The Bruins have 17 games left, and if they went a pedestrian 8-8-1 that would give them 93 points and mean that Florida would have to come up with 22 points in their last 16 games (10-4-2?) while Ottawa would need 23 points in their last 18 games (11-6-1?) to jump ahead of the Bruins. In short, unless the Bruins go off the deep end again the notion of a playoff race is really only theoretical, even with a big game looming between Ottawa and Boston on Tuesday.
continue for more from the ESPN hockey bunch including Pierre LeBrun on the Flames...
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Tuesday's controversial goalie situation, in which goalie coach Robb Tallas suited up as Florida's backup goalie in the third period, has spawned the team's public search for an emergency goalie.
The Panthers officially unveiled their plan, called a 'Goal of a Lifetime,' in which local amateur goalies (18-and-over) will compete for the chance to work with the Panthers in practice for a day.
The team would also likely keep track of the participants in case they needed an emergency goalie for a practice, or again, even in the middle of a game.
Interested applicants need to apply through the team website and a competition will be held March 16 at the BB&T Center. Two finalists will compete for the job during an intermission of Florida's game against Montreal on March 17.
My question is, who is shooting on these tryout goalies?
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