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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.
The press conference to introduce Gerard Gallant as the Florida Panthers head coach is scheduled to start at 11:00am ET.
Watch it below...
from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Gerard Gallant has been named the club’s new head coach.
“We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team.”
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