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from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
It will be Game No. 52 for the Panthers and Thomas is 14-14-3 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He said after Monday's optional practice that he's so focused on the task at hand that Tuesday's game is about earning two points.
"I'm really just focused on getting ready for tomorrow's game," he said. "You know me, I don't try to overblow things."
When the Panthers were in town last November, Thomas sat high above the rink at the Garden and at one point during a TV timeout, the Bruins recognized the two-time Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner with a video tribute. The 17,565 in attendance gave him a standing ovation and he waved to the fans.
"That was awesome," Thomas said Monday afternoon. "I was very honored. It was a great tribute. The way it worked out, I'm happy I didn't play my first game back here because it gave me time to come back. I did get a flood of emotions -- all good.
"It was actually better that I wasn't playing because I could appreciate it a bit more, because when I'm playing I'll be focused on what I can do," Thomas said.
NEW YORK (January 14, 2014) – The Florida Panthers® will host the 2015 NHL Draft™ at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Florida Panthers, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, and the National Hockey League announced today. Next year’s Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2015. NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and 500 print, television and radio media are expected to attend.
The 2015 event will mark the second time the Panthers and Broward County host the NHL Draft, as the Panthers played host to the 2001 NHL Draft, where Ilya Kovalchuk was selected first overall. The arena was also the home of the 2003 NHL® All-Star Game.
Save of the night candidate?
from Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel,
The Florida Panthers professional hockey team says it's losing more than $20 million a year and needs more public funds to survive.
The struggling team is asking for a rewrite of its contract with Broward county. Under the team's proposal, the county would use additional tourism taxes to pick up $70 million in BB&T Center costs currently being paid by the Panthers. The team also hopes to develop 22 acres north of the BB&T arena in Sunrise into a casino-hotel, if the state Legislature enacts laws that allow it this spring.
Panthers President Michael Yormark said the deal that birthed the arena in the late 1990s has proven unsustainable.
"I think the community wants a healthy arena,'' Yormark said. "They want a healthy sports team. They want the benefit that a professional sports team and world-class entertainment brings to their community.''
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski is set to play his first game in nearly 10 months and since undergoing resurfacing hip surgery.
The surgery, an alternative, less invasive procedure to a full hip replacement is relativey new, and it's not believed than any athlete from the four major North American professional sports has ever made it back from.
"I'm excited, for sure," Jovanovski said after the Panthers' morning skate Saturday. "It's been a long while. For me, there's been a lot of days where it beats up on you, but it's all worth it for having the opportunity to play a game again.
"You got as the game goes. Really no time limit on what my minutes will be. Try to get into the flow of things. I think the 12-15 minute mark would be a good time for me.''
Barch had his own scare last night...
"We intend on being in the free-agent market in a significant way. We're here to build a winner. … We want to patiently win now. I don't know if we can resolve the two logically, but that's how I would say it."
"Dale Tallon will teach me the hockey side of this challenge, and he will execute it as its principal leader. The more I learn the better I will be able to support his commandership of the execution of that. But it's been very exciting so far, and we are committed to winning now — patiently."
-Vinnie Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers via Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel where you can read more from Viola.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Fehr immediately went to the Capitals’ dressing room with 16:16 gone in the second period, but after passing the SCAT2 evaluation test that is required by the NHL’s concussion protocol, the winger returned to the game in the third period.
“I don’t know what his intent was exactly, I haven’t seen the replay so I’m not going to comment on that. It didn’t feel good,” Fehr said. “That was a close call, definitely. It definitely stung me. I think I dodged a bullet there.”
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
General manager Dale Tallon and coach Peter Horachek said they didn't think Gudbranson lead with his elbow. Tallon says he will speak with the NHL's Brendan Shanahan about getting the match penalty rescinded.
Since Gudbranson was slapped with a match penalty on April 11 for a hit on Bryan Little, he could be suspended for Friday's hit. If Shanahan pulls back the match designation, Gudbranson may be able to play.
"There's no elbow, it's to his side and [Fehr] got hit in the chest first,'' Horachek said. "We'll leave it to [the NHL] to look at it. .-.-. Right now all our guys are playing well. You don't want to change anything, don't want to lose anyone especially under those circumstances.''
Watch the hit below...
from Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel,
Q. What is your assessment of your first few months as owner?
A. We have been learning an awful lot. It's kind of like drinking out of a fire hose. If I had to sum it up in a couple of sentences: We're more committed now to the principles that we believe in that produce long-term excellence in organizations. The team is, I think, starting to understand that everyone must work and everyone has to be absolutely committed to excellence. We're not going to tolerate anything but 100 percent dedication to the culture of the team first.
Q. Was the Panthers' poor start rougher than you expected?
A. I didn't know what to expect ... We won our opening night, and I was like, 'all right.' … Was I surprised at the patch of losing we kind of took on? Yes, absolutely, after a decent start.
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