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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Florida center Nathan Horton will be out an undisclosed amount of time after having surgery to repair the ring finger on his left hand, The Miami Herald’s David J. Neal is reporting.
Horton told Neal today at Incredible Ice that his hand was stepped on right before David Booth scored his third goal against the Blues on Saturday. Horton had surgery following the game and has his hand in a splint. He says the trainers have not given him a timetable for a return.
added 2:00pm, Miami Herald now reporting Horton will miss 2-4 weeks and McCabe dealing with orbital bone issue.
from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,
A large sign in the Panthers’ dressing room is a one-word declarative in two-foot letters, white on red:
Eight consecutive years out of the playoffs and you lose that.
You have to play your way back in to begin to get some back.
That is where the Panthers are today. This is not a franchise fully reborn. Too many empty seats in the house Thursday to say that.
But blind hope has been replaced by a reason to believe.
It didn’t happen Thursday night, but these Cats are clawing, fighting to make this team matter again in the constant shadow of Dolphins and Marlins, Hurricanes and Heat.
It has been way, way too long.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Canucks were willing to give up LW Mason Raymond and a No. 1 draft pick. The belief is Florida wanted either D Kevin Bieksa or D Alex Edler included and GM Mike Gillis wasn’t willing to make the move. That’s where the discussions ended for Vancouver.
The Flyers wanted to move either RW Joffrey Lupul or RW Scottie Upshall (who landed in Phoenix) along with prospect James vanRiemsdyk and a No. 1 pick to the Panthers. It’s believed Florida wanted LW Scott Hartnell as part of the trade.
There is risk involved for the Panthers. A first-round playoff fall doesn’t constitute playoff success.
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According to TSN, Tampa’s Steve Eminger traded to the Florida Panthers for Noah Welch and a 3rd round pick.
Update 3:43pm ET: TSN has a link available now.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers are stepping up their efforts to acquire defenceman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers, but salary cap constraints are rearing their ugly head.
The Flyers are bumping up against the cap and they are working hard to try to free up some space.
Sources say one of the options is trading goaltender Marty Biron and turning the number one job over to Antero Niittymaki. One potential scenario has the Flyers trading Biron to the Phoenix Coyotes as part of a plan that would see the Coyotes flip Biron to another team.
But the Coyotes aren’t going to make that move unless they have the other deal already set up.
from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,
Unable to fly due to an ear infection, Vokoun was joined by strength and conditioning coach Andy O’Brien and head athletic trainer Dave Zenobi while driving the approximate 640 miles between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
Due to a winter storm dumping snow along the east cost, the trip, which began Sunday after the Panthers 6-2 victory in Washington, took 14 hours and was spread over two days.
After covering only 200 miles in six hours Sunday evening, the three decided to rest in Oxford, N.C., before driving the remaining distance Monday morning. Vokoun was in Atlanta by early afternoon and was practicing with some of his teammates at 2:30 p.m.
“I felt pretty good,” said Vokoun of his Monday practice. “You know, I haven’t played in a little time. I haven’t done too much the last four days. I felt terrible at first (in practice) but I knew I would improve.”
from Steve Gorten of Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
I spoke to Nick Boynton by phone on Friday, and as you might expect, he said, “I’m pretty upset about waking up this morning and getting sent home.” He also said he was still in a little bit of shock.
I understand where Boynton is coming from. I also understand where coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Jacques Martin are coming from.
I think the argument between DeBoer and Boynton after Thursday’s game was a little more heated than Boynton described it—although Boynton admitted he raised his voice and used an expletive when asking DeBoer if he was good enough to play—but definitely not so intense that Boynton charged in and got in DeBoer’s face.
First, Boynton’s side.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Florida defenseman Nick Boynton has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons and will not be with the team for the remainder of the team’s three game road trip.
Boynton, acquired from Phoenix over the summer as part of the Olli Jokinen trade, played Thursday in New York and traveled with the team to its suburban New Jersey hotel after the game. According to roomate Keith Ballard, Boynton was upset with the team’s decision to send him back to South Florida. It’s possible, with the NHL trade deadline coming on Wednesday that Boynton has played his last game with the Panthers.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We sought out Bryon Baltimore, the elusive agent of Jay Bouwmeester, who, like his client, keeps a low profile and stays out of the media spotlight. But he was kind enough to chat with ESPN.com before rushing off to the airport and heading back to Edmonton.
“I can’t say that it’s that interesting a week in the sense that Jay’s focus in on the playoff run and helping the Panthers get there,” said Baltimore. “That’s been his focus all year.”
The Panthers have been unable to get Bouwmeester, a pending unrestricted free agent July 1, to agree to a contract extension and that’s why they are contemplating moving him next week if the deal is right.
“We’ve had ongoing dialogue and whatnot,” Baltimore said of contract talks with the Panthers. “I’ve always treated the business end of it and the negotiating end of it as confidential, so I can’t say that we have not spoken, but I have to leave it at that.”
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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delco Times,
The Flyers would like to improve their blue line and Bouwmeester would be a significant upgrade.
There are a few problems getting in the way of a possible deal.
First and foremost, the Flyers have salary-cap issues. They would need to trade the equivalent or greater salary to Florida in order to fit Bouwmeester on the roster. Bouwmeester makes $4.875 million.
Secondly, Bouwmeester, 25, is an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season. If the Flyers were to make a deal for the defenseman, they would want to make sure they could sign him to a long-term deal. Trading for him as a rental wouldn’t be prudent, especially considering what he’s going to cost.
Which leads to problem No. 3: The Panthers want an NHL-caliber defenseman to replace him and an NHL forward, yet they don’t want to take too much salary back in return.
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