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The Florida Panthers and its parent company Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, LLC announced today that Rory A. Babich has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President. Michael R. Yormark, the former CEO and President, announced today that he is resigning to accept an offer to join Roc Nation. In his capacity as CEO and President, Mr. Babich will be responsible for all business and hockey operations, where he will partner with Dale M. Tallon, currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager, who will also have his responsibilities expanded to include business operations. Both Mr. Babich and Mr. Tallon have also been named as Alternative Governors to the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors.
Thomas falls, stretches and saves, Mike Green must be shaking his head.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For his first three years, Tallon had to operate on a shoestring, and two years ago he had to spend $31 million in the summer months just to get up to the salary cap floor. Right now, the Panthers have the lowest payroll in the league at just above $50 million.
Tallon says that’s about to change and by next season the team will be well above a $60-million payroll.
“Vinny wants to win, and he wants to put all his resources into hockey,” said Tallon. “So I’m telling teams that I’m open for business. Now I can take money back if I make a trade, and I can make hockey trades, not ones based on my budget.
“Money is not the issue any more.”
In the short term, the Panthers likely will miss the playoffs again and may look to move veterans such as Tomas Kopecky or Sean Bergenheim before the March 5 deadline. Beyond that, with only about $38 million committed for next season, he anticipates that teams that are up against the cap right now will be looking to create space for next season, and the Panthers may be in a good position to add quality veterans.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I have no 'qualms' in telling you that Tim Thomas deserved a match penalty under Rule 60.4 for the one-handed tomahawk swing with his heavy goalie stick paddle to the neck of Bruins forward Carl Soderberg.
Regardless of the score or time in the game, or whether the blow was in retaliation for Thomas being contacted on the shoulder by Soderberg's stick inside the blue paint, a match penalty was warranted based solely on the degree of force and especially the location of the blow with the goal stick to the neck of Soderberg. While no apparent injury resulted to Soderberg this was a very dangerous play that should be addressed by the Player Safety Committee. At the very least, a substantial fine should be levied to Tim Thomas even if that Committee does not deem the stick swing to be worthy of a suspension.
And the Florida TV crew with the call below...
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
It will be Game No. 52 for the Panthers and Thomas is 14-14-3 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He said after Monday's optional practice that he's so focused on the task at hand that Tuesday's game is about earning two points.
"I'm really just focused on getting ready for tomorrow's game," he said. "You know me, I don't try to overblow things."
When the Panthers were in town last November, Thomas sat high above the rink at the Garden and at one point during a TV timeout, the Bruins recognized the two-time Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner with a video tribute. The 17,565 in attendance gave him a standing ovation and he waved to the fans.
"That was awesome," Thomas said Monday afternoon. "I was very honored. It was a great tribute. The way it worked out, I'm happy I didn't play my first game back here because it gave me time to come back. I did get a flood of emotions -- all good.
"It was actually better that I wasn't playing because I could appreciate it a bit more, because when I'm playing I'll be focused on what I can do," Thomas said.
NEW YORK (January 14, 2014) – The Florida Panthers® will host the 2015 NHL Draft™ at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Florida Panthers, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, and the National Hockey League announced today. Next year’s Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2015. NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and 500 print, television and radio media are expected to attend.
The 2015 event will mark the second time the Panthers and Broward County host the NHL Draft, as the Panthers played host to the 2001 NHL Draft, where Ilya Kovalchuk was selected first overall. The arena was also the home of the 2003 NHL® All-Star Game.
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