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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?
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is getting more imaging done on an apparent shoulder injury and will be meeting with an orthopedic doctor.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, if the prognosis is not good Florida general manager Dale Tallon may trade for a goalie. McKenzie noted in a tweet that trades are permitted post-deadline but the player is not playoff eligible.
Luongo was hurt during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Also hurt during the Leaf game was backup goalie Al Montoya. McKenzie says that Montoya is likely out for weeks.
The Panthers recalled netminders Dan Ellis from the AHL and Sam Brittain from the ECHL to attend the team's practice on Wednesday morning. Head coach Gerard Gallant said that Ellis will start on Thursday against the Dallas Stars.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
This comes from the NHL:
Panthers goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya both sustained injuries during the Maple Leafs/Panthers game. According to Rule 5.3, "In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available goalkeeper who is eligible. This goalkeeper is eligible to sit on the player’s bench, in uniform. In the event that the two regular goalkeepers are injured or incapacitated in quick succession, the third goalkeeper shall be provided with a reasonable amount of time to get dressed, in addition to a two-minute warm-up." In this situation, the League approved Florida's request to dress goaltending coach Robb Tallas.
From Dale Tallon:
"For our third goalie to go in, Robb Tallas, paperwork had to be cleared by the league before he could go in. The last time we did it, it was expired. It was a one-time PTO (pro tryout) and it had expired.
"The delay was, we were debating whether to put a player in or wait to get Robb legal so he could go in. We were in communication with the league so he could go in. We had to keep Montoya in; then Louie decided to come in and try and get us the win.
"We had [Derek MacKenzie] and Robb getting dressed.
Below, watch how it played out on TSN...
from Goerge Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers captain Willie Mitchell said he heard Sportsnet analyst Glenn Healy disrespecting the Panthers during SN's trade day coverage Monday and decided he couldn't let it sit.
Mitchell sent out a tweet directed at Healy that got plenty of play as it spiced up a fairly lame trading deadline....
"We're not satisfied with what we've accomplished by no means,'' Mitchell said. "We have one goal and that's to make the postseason and we've said that from the beginning of the season. We've worked our tails off. Ownership has given us a chance. I just thought it was uncalled for from the outside to discredit what we've done to this point.
"Again, we haven't accomplished anything, but, we were a last place team in the league and we're fighting with a team that won the Stanley Cup not that long ago. I thought it was uncalled for. We talk about the positive things in the Florida market. We're playing better, we're in every game. We try to do things the right way. I think people are seeing that.''
Mitchell added that there's a challenge of playing in a non-traditional market especially one like South Florida. He says he and his teammates relish the opportunity to get things right here.
He ties Phil Esposito for 5th all-tme in goals.
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