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from Harvey Fialov of the Sun-Sentinel,
After years of selling off their top players before the trade deadline, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon sent a strong message to the fans and his young team that he is committed to make the playoffs this season when he acquired nine-time All-Star forward Jaromir Jagr from the Devils Thursday afternoon.
Jagr, 43, the active leader in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power-play goals (202) cost the Panthers a second-round pick in June and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. This season, Jagr, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, has 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games.
“That we’re buyers and committed to winning,’’ Tallon said was his message. “[Owner Vinnie Viola] and we all said we want to win a championship. We’re putting the pieces together step by step. Hopefully, Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It’s a win-win for us."
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired F Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Florida’s second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.
Jagr, 43, ranks first among active National Hockey League leaders in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power play goals (202). Among all-time NHL leaders, he ranks first in game-winning goals (127), fifth in points, sixth in goals, seventh in assists and 13th in games played.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Sean Bergenheim (BUHR-gehn-highm) and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the Wild's 2016 third-round selection.
Bergenheim, 31 (2/8/84), has collected 18 points (8-10=18), 34 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-2 rating while averaging 14:09 in ice time in 39 games this season with the Panthers. The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, has tallied 179 points (95-84=179) and 373 PIM in 489 career NHL games during nine seasons with the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida. He has recorded 17 points (12-5=17) in 23 career NHL playoff matches.
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Well, well, look who's just one little point behind a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference? That would be those pesky Florida Panthers, who erased a 2-0 deficit against the conference-leading Montreal Canadiens to take a 3-2 shootout decision Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
What seemed like an impossible task just two weeks ago is now the real deal: Florida just one point behind the Boston Bruins, who have stumbled through Western Canada. Both teams have played the same number of games. We didn't think we'd get a playoff race in the Eastern Conference, but we sure are having one now.
Florida has a mixture of youth and veterans on its roster blending together and playing its best hockey of the season right now. But it's the growth of the kids that's really the key here. I could watch Nick Bjugstad, in particular, play all night long. Bjugstad is really coming into his own as a dominating top forward.
read on for Burnside on the Jets, Custance on the Capitals and more....
Leo Komarov is not happy with Brian Campbell.
Note- A Couple f-words fly...
Patrick Burke with the explanation.
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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers coach Gerard Gallant stirred up a little controversy Friday when in explaining why Sean Bergenheim was scratched -- again -- he questioned the veteran winger's effort.
When asked if Bergenheim gave him 100 percent effort, Gallant stared straight ahead. Then he answered: "If he gave me 100 percent, he would be playing. That's fair. But there's a few guys who didn't give 100 percent last night. You just have to make a decision."
Gallant has been steadfast in defending the veteran players (Bergenheim, Tomas Kopecky, Scottie Upshall) he's had to put on the bench lately.
He did so again on Friday, saying he had nothing against Bergenheim. "I'm trying to win,'' Gallant said. "When I made my decision with my coaches, it was only who gives us the best chance to win.''
Bergenheim said Friday he requested a trade from the Panthers earlier this month when he was a healthy scratch in three straight games. He said Gallant never came to him with questions about his effort -- and he disagreed with that assessment.
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