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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed to The Miami Herald on Thursday night that 40-year-old Alex Kovalev signed his retirement papers and is no longer a member of the Florida organization.
Kovalev, who signed a one-year deal after the lockout ended, hadn't played for the Panthers since getting nine-plus minutes in a loss at Pittsburgh on Feb. 22.
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Selleck received an automatic one game suspension plus suspended an additonal game.
Florida Panthers forward Eric Selleck faces a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Wednesday afternoon.
The following grounds for potential supplemental discipline are being considered: leaving the players' bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting or joining an altercation (Rule 70.2). The incident occurred at the 17:02 mark of the third period during a game Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
In addition, Selleck was assessed a two-minute minor for instigating plus a five-minute major for fighting and game misconduct under Rule 46.12 (Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time [or Anytime in Overtime]) and has received an automatic one-game suspension.
After watching the video below of the fight, I think Selleck has suffered enough...
Talk about hustle and determination...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The injury-savaged Florida Panthers have to start thinking about next season. Two veteran forwards the Panthers will listen to offers for before April 3 are Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann.
I don’t think the Panthers are going to shop them, but if other teams call on them, they’ll listen.
Neither player, though, is a rental.
Fleischmann has two more years on his deal after this season, which pays him $4.5 million per. He also has a modified no-trade clause in which agent Rich Evans gave the Panthers last summer a list of teams he’d be willing to move to.
Versteeg has three more years on his deal after this season, which carries a $4.4 million cap hit but pays him a bit more in salary, $4.6 million next season and $4.7 million in each of the last two years.
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Strachan received a five minute major for interference, a 10 and game misconduct.
Chimera did return to play.
from Justin Goldman at NHL.com,
With Justin Peters and Keith Kinkaid making their season debuts Tuesday night, 15 teams have now used at least three goalies this season. Of those 16 goalies (Calgary has used two), we're sounding the fantasy alarm on one we feel is primed to have a breakout in the second half of the season.
Jacob Markstrom is just one piece of a large shipment of AHL players currently in the Panthers' lineup. But due to the inconsistency of Scott Clemmensen and the possible season-ending injury to Jose Theodore, he not only has a chance to play the majority of the minutes, but to carry the entire team.
During Tuesday night's 4-1 win against Winnipeg, Markstrom, who was the game's second star after stopping 30 of 31 shots, was owned in just 15 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues. As of Thursday morning, he was owned in only 20 percent of leagues.
Whether you're dangerously thin in goal due to injuries, or you just want to bolster your depth in the second half, we suggest you get him while the getting's good. In three games this season, he has a 2.36 goals-against average and .931 save percentage, stopping 95 of 102 shots.
from Alain Poupart at NHL.com,
Veteran forward Alex Kovalev's status remains unknown.
Kovalev still is property of the Florida Panthers, but he no longer figures in the team's plans and general manager Dale Tallon said Tuesday Kovalev was "still weighing his options."
"It was just a mutual agreement that we wanted to go in a different direction, that's all," Tallon said.
Tallon said he was hoping for a resolution sometime this week. Kovalev, who was out of the NHL last season, could agree to be sent down to the American Hockey League, accept a buyout or retire.
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