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Derick Brassard Will Be Playing For The Colorado Avalanche

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Tomas Jurco Acquired By Carolina From Florida

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired left wing Tomas Jurco from the Florida Panthers organization in exchange for future considerations. In addition, the Hurricanes have traded forward Cliff Pu to the Panthers for future considerations. 

Jurco, 26, has totaled 10 points (4g, 6a) in 14 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Thunderbirds this season. The 6’0”, 188-pound winger has appeared in 201 career NHL games with Detroit and Chicago, totaling 22 goals and 28 assists (50 points) and 60 penalty minutes. He will report to Carolina’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.    

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Video- The Hockey Team From Marjory Stoneman Douglas

via Sportsnet (hometown Hockey),

One year ago, 17 students and teachers were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Only days later, the school’s hockey team found the strength to complete in the State Championship.

 

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GIF- Aleksander Barkov With The Goal Of The Night

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The State Of The Florida Panthers

via Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,

This is our annual State of the Franchise report for Greater Miami’s five major professional teams.

I could cut to the chase and put it all under the following umbrella: We stink! But that would not be entirely fair, so let’s expand a bit and go team-by-team, including the Big Hope for each:

Panthers: Save a miracle finish, Florida will be an NHL playoff spectator for the 20th time in 25 seasons. Expectations were much higher, but a terrible start, raging inconsistency and generally poor defense have thwarted the Cats and coach Bob Boughner, who may be headed for thin ice if not already skating on it.

For years now the Panthers have boasted a promising young core led by Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau and seemed poised for a breakout season but ultimately disappointed. General manager Dale Tallon must find a way to finish what he started. The Cats lack a big goal-scorer. One also wonders if the end is near for goalie Roberto Luongo, at age 39 and with numbers (3.11 goals-against average, .897 saves percentage) that rank 41st in the league.

Florida’s weekend trade with Pittsburgh was notable. Dealing Nick Bjugstad (once a cornerstone) and Jared McCann was a concession by Tallon to what’s next, since the draft picks acquired and the $5 million in cap space saved were more important to the Cats moving forward than the two players received..

The Big Hope: Florida now has the money to be a player in a trade or free agency, and needs to hit big, preferably with a dynamic goal-scorer. Barkov, 23, is a budding superstar, but unless you give him the help to get him to the Stanley Cup playoffs, you are wasting what could be a generational player.

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Florida/Pittsburgh Trade

 

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Mike Matheson Didn’t Answer The Bell Last Night

from  Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Apparently, you can lead a Panther to water but you can’t make him fight. Something like that.

The Vancouver Canucks tried Sunday to engage Panther defenceman Mike Matheson for injuring star rookie Elias Pettersson on a bodyslam behind the play Oct. 13 in Florida.

Matheson, whose subsequent two-game suspension by the National Hockey League was only one-third the time Pettersson missed due to a concussion, refused in the first 10 minutes of the rematch — exactly three months later — to fight Canucks Jake Virtanen or Antoine Roussel.

Virtanen was assessed the only minor penalty at 9:26 of the first period when he crashed into a post-whistle scrum in which Roussel already had hold of Matheson, who reiterated before Sunday’s game that he never intended to injure Pettersson.

The Canucks were excoriated on social media for not attacking Matheson three months ago, when his takedown of Pettersson occurred largely unwitnessed in the third period of a game Vancouver coach Travis Green ordered his players to focus on winning.

At this stage of NHL’s evolution, no one fights if he doesn’t want to and many players no longer abide by quaint code – if they’re aware of it at all – that you should make yourself available to some degree to back up your actions if you play tough against a skilled opponent and injure him.

Matheson is a 24-year-old who has played 207 NHL games and fought once. He wasn’t going to double that total on Sunday.

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Below, catch the game highlights of Vancouver's 5-1 win over Florida plus a fight between Erik Gudbranson and Micheal Haley.

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Connor McDavid Leads The Edmonton Oilers Again

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are nights when you’re not clicking on all cylinders. Then, there are nights when the car’s up on blocks, the engine is taken apart and parts are strewn across the garage.

When you’re having one of the latter nights, and then watch a puck rattle off both of your defencemen and into you net for the apparent game-winner, well, then you’ve got no chance, right?

There’s absolutely no rescuing any point on one of those nights, correct?

“We had nothin’” said head coach Ken Hitchcock, who played the hell out of his best players, got a goal with eight seconds left in regulation and watched his Edmonton Oilers beat Florida 4-3 in a shootout Thursday.

“These games can really help you going forward as a team,” Hitchcock said, “because it’s damned impressive, what they did.”

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Below, watch the goals (2 and 1 in the shootout) from McDavid last night, including the game tying goal with eight seconds left.

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Video- The Parents Of Mark Pysyk On Hometown Hockey

I am a big fan of Rogers Hometown Hockey and last night the parents of Mark Pysyk (Florida Panthers) talked with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.

No earth-shattering news, just good talk, down to earth family and it is what makes our game great.

via Sportsnet,

During Hometown Hockey, Mark Pysyk’s parents Sherry and Terry spoke about their son and his journey to the NHL. They also touched on how the number 23 has a special place in their heart.

 

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Aleksander Barkov On The Florida Panthers

from Aleksander Barkov at NHL.com,

The second half of December has been good; we have five wins in the last seven games. Looks like we've learned to win games, and that's what we have to keep on doing. Every win may not have been pretty, but that's not the point. The point is we need wins if we want to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Every guy in the room knows where we stand and what it takes to advance to the postseason.

Our power play has been very productive, and that's great. Our penalty kill has improved of late. But the biggest change has been our style of play; we move the puck faster, exit our own zone faster than we used to and bring the puck to the offensive zone quickly. We've adopted this new system well, and you can see the results in the wins column. All in all, things are looking good for us, but we still need to improve our game. We have half of the regular season left, and we definitely can't go back to our old habits. Two words for the rest of the regular season: fast pace.

I have 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last seven games, but the points don't tell the whole story.

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