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from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
As the Stanley Cup playoffs proceed without the Panthers for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons, big decisions are looming for the franchise regarding who to select at No. 1 in the NHL Entry Draft in late June as well as which free-agent difference-makers to pursue beginning on July 1.
But first things first. Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon and co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu must decide whether or not to remove the interim tag from coach Peter Horachek or begin a coaching search to find the right fit for a young team.
Tallon said that decision will be made in early May at organizational meetings after he returns from Finland where he's scouting prospects in the International Hockey Men's Under-18 World Championship.
The Florida Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday.
As the 29th place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish. The Sabres will pick second.
The draft will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center, with the Philadelphia Flyers as host.
I’m disappointed in the year, I’m disappointing in a lot of things. I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it.
We’ve got great support now from Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”
-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers. Much more from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel.
NEW YORK (April 13, 2014) – Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been fined $5,000 for elbowing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Corey Tropp in NHL Game No. 1216 in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday, April 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 16:26 of the first period. Jovanovski was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing.
The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
if you missed the hit, watch it here...
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers had a huge curtain cutting off part of the end zone at Tuesday's morning skate and it looks like that may be a sign of things to come.
According to the team website, seats in those sections aren't being offered as part of any season ticket plan. As you can see from the chart, season ticket sales end at Section 306 and resume in 313*. It also appears the tarps are staying as 'Goal Zone' seats will only be sold up to row 10.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,
What may have been Radek Dvorak's final NHL game in South Florida didn't last long. Roberto Luongo's night ended early as well.
Dvorak, a rookie on Florida's Stanley Cup Finals team in 1996, was ejected (charging) from Carolina's 3-0 win over the Panthers after colliding with Luongo in the first period. Luongo remained in the game after the hit, one that looked more accidental than anything else, but didn't return for the second period.
Florida goalie coach Robb Tallas said during the second intermission that Luongo took a hard hit and was pulled purely for precautionary measures. Tallas added that he expected Luongo -- who suffered from a sore neck -- to play Saturday against visiting Montreal.
"They held him out for precautionary reasons,'' coach Peter Horachek said. "I'll have a report on Friday.''
continue for more on the game and watch the hit below...
Jonathan Quick robs Tomas Fleischmann with the glove hand.
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
An obvious goalie interference penalty on Lungo that wasn't called led directly to the eventual game-winning goal as the Panthers fell 2-1 to the desperate Coyotes Thursday night.
A Panthers source told the Sun-Sentinel that the referee admitted to the supervisor that he blew the call, but it's not reviewable unless it was called on the ice.
"He told me that a guy pushed him into me so I have to look at the replay,'' Luongo said. "I felt like I was already in the blue once the contact was made. It's tough for me to do my job when I end up in the corner. … It's frustrating because you can only give yourself a chance to make a save and on a play like that when you're truly taken out of a play you can't do anything about it.
"Unfortunately, that ends up being the game-winning goal.''
more on the game and below, watch the goal with numerous replays...
from Harvey Fialkov os the Sun Sentinel,
“I think it was kind of obvious it was going to happen when [coach Kevin Dineen] was let go. I was happy to be moved and happy for the new opportunity,'' Matthias said. "It’s a different atmosphere [in Vancouver], a different culture. You play hard and you play. In Florida, too many guys were given things and it’s not the right way. Here, it’s you earn your ice time.’’...
“I think it was obvious when guys were out, and how well I played,’’ Matthias said. “And when they came back, nothing really changed, it seemed like it never happened. I was upset for awhile here and wanted a fair shake and now I’m in a really good situation.’’
Matthias said he was, “ecstatic,’’ to be traded and hopes to score a couple of goals Sunday.
“That’s what I’m absolutely planning on doing,’’ Matthias smiled.
I hope Luongo moving back to Florida doesn’t mean he’ll just be riding off into the sunset. I hope the guy everybody got to know over the last few years continues to make us marvel at his endless work habits and continues to make us laugh via twitter.
The NHL is a far more interesting place with Roberto Luongo in it. Let’s just hope we don’t lose sight of him all the way down in Sunrise.
-Dan Murphy of Sportsnet on Roberto Luongo. Read more on Luongo from Murphy.
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