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Recently, FloridaPanthers.com’s Jameson Olive caught up with Hudler to discuss a wide range of topics, from his transition to South Florida to his love of miniature dog jerseys.
OLIVE: What was the first thing that went through your mind when you found out that you had been traded to the Panthers?
HUDLER: It was the first time in my career that I’d been traded. It was mixed feelings, because I’d spent four years with the same guys in the [Flames] locker room, getting to know their families. I was really happy to go to a team like this one, though. We’re obviously in a playoff spot and it’s an exciting young team to play with and watch.
OLIVE: The Panthers are a team that has prided themselves on chemistry throughout this entire season. We’re you worried that it might be difficult to ingratiate yourself with such a tightknit locker room this late in the year?
HUDLER: I don’t think that was going to be a problem for me. I’m a pretty outgoing guy. I didn’t like the fact that I had to wait at home for three or four days, because I was excited to play and get to know everyone. It’s been pretty easy to settle in because this group is young, laid-back and very friendly.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Crazy stat for Gostisbehere's Calder Trophy candidacy: All 15 of the goals he has scored this season have either tied the game or given the Flyers the lead. Four of those are overtime winners. Coaches crave difference makers and Gostisbehere is one, for sure. In just 49 games, the 22-year-old Gostisbehere has the second-most goals by any rookie defenceman in the last 25 years, trailing only Dion Phaneuf (20 in 2005-06).
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With an assist on a Aleksander Barkov goal tonight, Jaromir Jagr passed Gordie Howe on the all-time point list.
Jagr now stands in 3rd place behind Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier.
Florida broadcast is below...
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
It's been so cool to witness a legend in real time.
Messier's last season was in 2003-04, so it's been a dozen years since we've been able to go to a rink and actually see a player at the very top of the scoring record books. It's almost to the point where I want to take my kids to a game so they can say they've seen him play in their lifetime, even if they'd be more interested in Dippin' Dots or something.
It was really neat to talk to Mark Howe a couple weeks ago about Jagr and his father, Gordie, and how they compared. They were both so big and strong at such a young age, he pointed out. They both have a passion for the game and he said both men were energized by playing with younger players,
in Gordie's case, his sons. Jagr is clearly one of the all-time greats and we owe an assist to guys such as Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau for providing the assist in keeping it fun for Jagr to come to the rink every day.
more on Jagr from the ESPN hockey guys...
Scandella received two for goalie interference and Montoya will not return, out with upper-body injury.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers’ trade day party came a few days early.
With the NHL’s trade deadline set for Monday at 3, general manager Dale Tallon got things going during Saturday’s 3 o’clock hour by making three trades which came to light during the first period of what ended up becoming a 4-3 shootout loss to the host Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Panthers acquired veteran forwards Jiri Hudler (Calgary) and Teddy Purcell (Edmonton) for a handful of draft picks and also added shutdown defenseman Jakob Kindl from Detroit.
“We wanted a good puck-moving defenseman and felt we wanted three really good scoring lines,’’ Tallon said from South Florida not long after Florida’s loss to the Blue Jackets.
“We have three wonderful scoring lines and a fourth which is invigorated and able to play a very aggressive forechecking style. We have depth at all positions and this gives our coaches an opportunity for different looks.’’
Hudler and Purcell are expected to play alongside center Nick Bjugstad on Florida’s third line; Kindl could jump in on Florida’s third-defensive pairing.
“Those are players who I think will contribute down the road for us,’’ Bjugstad said. “We’ve never really made a push like this. These are players we all know. ... We’re definitely excited to have them.’’
The Hockey Central at Noon crew takes a look at some comments the Florida Panthers co-owner had to say about Andrew Ladd.
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