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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Jason Garrison knows the Justin Schultz factor and the roster priorities for the Florida Panthers. He knows of those Roberto Luongo trade rumours and that his own skyrocketing value in unrestricted free agency could quash an NHL dream.
The White Rock native would savour suiting up for the Vancouver Canucks, the club he idolized while playing minor hockey in Burnaby, Aldergrove and Semiahmoo. However, after a 16-goal season in which the defenceman earned $700,000 US, he’s on the cusp of sending most suitors into sticker shock when the real tire-kicking starts Sunday. If blueliner Dennis Wideman, 29, turned 11 goals and 46 points with the Washington Capitals into a five-year, $26.25-million deal with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday to avoid being a UFA, then what can Garrison, 27, expect after ranking third among NHL blueliners behind Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson, who had 19 goals apiece?
The answer is a lot, maybe as much as Wideman. If it’s less, then he will warrant more than just limited curiosity.
“You definitely want it to be a good fit,” Garrison said Thursday from Chicago where he attended NHLPA meetings. “You don’t want to go somewhere just for financial purposes. You want the fit, play the minutes and play a role that you know you can play and obviously have a chance of winning. I’ll take everything into consideration, for sure.”
from Havey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Tallon also said the Panthers’ most prominent free-agent defenseman, Jason Garrison, has been offered a contract and that while he is “optimistic,’’ intimated that the franchise has plenty of young, talented defensemen to take his place if they had to.
“It’s a matter of whether we can afford it or not, that’s what it comes down to,’’ Tallon said.
Garrison scored a career-high 16 goals and 33 points and is believed to be on the wish list of several teams, including Detroit, Vancouver and St. Louis.
Tallon admitted he has spoken to the Canucks regarding disenchanted goalie Robert Luongo, and there are reports indicating that the former Panthers goalie would only waive his no-trade clause to return to South Florida, where he still maintains his permanent residence.
Acquiring Luongo would mean a $5.33 million cap hit per year through 2022 for any team willing to take on a 33-year-old goalie who was replaced by Cory Schneider after two losing playoff games.
Tallon said that Garrison is the only Panthers free agent he’s dealing with, meaning that Clemmensen, and forwards Mikael Samuelsson, Krys Barch, Marco Sturm and John Madden will be allowed to test free agency.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Tallon said there has been no change in status with unrestricted free agent Jason Garrison, although he will continue to speak with Garrison’s agent at the draft.
Garrison can walk away from the Panthers on July 1 if a deal isn’t reached. Tallon said Florida has a deal on the table.
Tallon also said no team has contacted him regarding trading for Garrison’s negotiating rights.
more on the Panthers…
from Glenn Odebralski of FloridaPanthers.com,
In his season wrap-up press conference, Panthers GM Dale Tallon was asked a question regarding Florida becoming a desirable location for free agents.
“I think we sent a message to everyone in the hockey world that this is the place to be,” said Tallon back on May 1. “Why wouldn’t you want to be here?”
Though not a free agent himself and with one year left on his own contract, Tallon and the Panthers decided Wednesday that Florida was indeed a place he should be for the foreseeable future, inking a multi-year extension with the club.
“I’m excited,” said Tallon Wednesday. “This is a great opportunity to keep the franchise on the right path. We had a good season and I just want to build on this past season the next couple of years.”
The above screenshot (TSN) of Dale Tallon and Bill Torrey tells the story for the Florida Panthers.
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
As a kid, Adam Henrique always imagined scoring a Game 7 overtime goal.
What good Canadian boy hasn’t?
The New Jersey Devils rookie went one further early Friday morning, scoring at 3:47 of double-overtime in a 3-2 Game 7 win to eliminate a stubborn Florida Panthers team in their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
“I think I blacked out when I heard the thud at the back of the net,” Henrique said. “Game 7 winner, it’s like playing mini sticks at home. That’s the game you always play. Hallway, in the living room.”
Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils scored in 2OT, his second of the game, to defeat the Florida Panthers 3-2.
Both teams gave it all they had and the Devils capitalized on a Florida turnover to score the game winner.
Here is the 2OT goal…
Only two will advance, any suggestions on who will?
Also, feel free to comment on both games in this post and now it is time to sit back and enjoy.
from Bloomberg Business Week,
The average price for tickets to tomorrow night’s game against the Ottawa Senators at New York’s Madison Square Garden has climbed to $493, according to TiqIQ, an aggregator of the online resale ticket market. The price is up 44 percent from three days ago, after the Rangers fell behind three games to two in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.
Face value ranges from $110 to $440 for Game 7 tickets. At TiqIQ, the seats are listed at $223 to $2,088. ...
The Rangers’ average ticket prices for tomorrow’s game against the eighth-seeded Senators are the highest for Game 7 of any first-round series in the past three years, TiqIQ said. The price dwarfs that for the Devils’ seventh game against the Florida Panthers tomorrow night outside Miami, where the average ticket price is $166 at TiqIQ.
PROGRAMMING ALERT – April 25, 2012—The NBC Sports Network will air a Conference Quarterfinal Game 7 double-header on Thursday night with support coverage provided by the NHL Network. The NHL announced the schedule for the final two games of the Conference Quarterfinals earlier today.
Coverage of the Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers Game 7 from Madison Square Garden in New York City will begin at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the game.
Senators-Rangers will be shown nationally in its entirety, except for the New York market, which will be covered by the Rangers local carrier. For all Conference Quarterfinal games, local carriers retain exclusive rights to air their team’s game in their respective local markets. The NBC Sports Group has NHL playoff exclusivity beginning in the second round.
Game 7 of the New Jersey Devils-Florida Panthers series from BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Once the Senators-Rangers game ends, coverage of Devils-Panthers will move to NBC Sports Network until its conclusion. Extended live look-ins of Devils-Panthers will also be shown during intermissions of Senators-Rangers on NBC Sports Network.
Peter Harrold takes a stick to the throat from Tomas Kopecky, who received 2 for high-sticking.
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