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from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Add veteran NHL coach Ron Wilson to the growing list of candidates lining up for a crack at the Panthers' vacant head coaching job, according to a team source.
And apparently there's more to come as the source indicated that the Panthers may wait until as late as June 23 or the end of the AHL Calder Cup Finals for a chance to interview Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins as well as Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens, who's a tad busy in the Stanley Cup Finals until possibly June 18.
Wilson was interviewed by General Manager Dale Tallon earlier this week as was Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant, who has helped guide the Habs to two consecutive playoff berths.
Tallon has already met with former Stanley Cup-winning Avalance coach Marc Crawford as well as Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters, who Tallon hired to coach the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL when he was the Blackhawks GM.
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* At this point in time the Rangers are no longer the underdog to win The Cup.
* Matter of fact, the Blueshirts go in as the favorites over either Chicago of L.A.
* Look at it this way; New York has the top goalie; more depth on defense; and four balanced lines.
* What's more, the Rangers fourth line, paced by the Comeback Kid, Dom Moore, is better than any fourth line on the Kings or Hawks.
* Tom Renney is my choice as head coach of the Panthers.
* Trouble is that I have no idea who's Dale Tallon's pick.
added 11:38am, Press release is below...
Roberto Luongo as the TSN Intern and a cast of thousands also playing themselves.
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...
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