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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Here’s an interesting take on the vacant Florida GM slot from a high NHL exec: Since the draft and major free agency picks have been completed, it’s quite possible that assistant GM Randy Sexton simply will inherit Jacques Martin’s chair for the 2009-2010 season.
Look at it this way: Sexton has plenty of experience (Ottawa and Florida) and will save a financially strapped franchise some extra bucks. Plus, between overseer Bill Torrey and Sexton, the Panthers’ braintrust is as good as any around.
more hockey notes from Stan…
via Steve Gorten of the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun Sentinel,
Reports by RDS.ca and Hockeybuzz.com that free agent winger Alex Tanguay has signed with the Panthers apparently are not true.
Panthers’ assistant general manager Randy Sexton just said through a team spokesman (4:20 p.m.) that reports the Panthers have signed Tanguay are ‘false.’ I’ve left a message for Tanguay’s agent. Waiting to hear back.
added 4:35pm, via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Word from the Panthers is the latest Alex Tanguay rumors regarding his signing with the team are false. But Florida is one of the teams the talented left winger is considering, so as always, stay tuned. I’m northbound and down, 10-4 good buddy…
added 4:56pm, Just to clear up the RDS mention from Steve Gorten, it was reported on one of their forums, not by RDS staff.
via Steve Gorten of the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
I finally was able to get a hold of free-agent winger Alex Tanguay’s agent today for a few minutes on the phone.
Tanguay’s agent, Robert Sauve, said the Panthers are one of five or six teams he’s talking with that Tanguay is considering signing with.
“They’re one of the teams we’ve talked to, but that’s about all I can say,” Sauve said. He added that he’s received “a few offers,” but wouldn’t say whether the Panthers have made an offer.
“We’re still looking at everything, trying to find the best situation for him,” Sauve said. “We’re going to take a little more time. We have a feeling we’re close with some teams, but we don’t know how much time it’s going to take to finalize.”
from Sarah Talalay of the Sun-Sentinel,
After initially announcing they would freeze season-ticket prices for the 2009-10 season, the Panthers are instead reducing prices across BankAtlantic Center, offering tickets in the lower bowl for as low as $35 a game and the upper level for $7 a game.
Prices have been reduced in 11 of 14 seat categories, marking what Panthers team President Michael Yormark calls the “most aggressive price reduction” in team history.
Prices for full-season ticket plans are dropping $2 to $17 a game. Among the changes: Terrace level seats are dropping from $9 to $7; Goal Zone from $17 to $12; Lower Bowl Sideline from $77 to $65.
The Florida Panthers made sure they didn’t lose Jay Bouwmeester for nothing.
They signed Jordan Leopold to a one-year contract on Thursday, locking up the player they received from Calgary in exchange for Bouwmeester’s rights.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Scott Clemmensen has signed with the Florida Panthers, for 3 years, $3.6 million.
From Elliotte Friedman via Twitter, David Booth has re-signed with Florida for 6 years.
Update 1:48pm ET: According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Booth deal is worth $25.5 million.
Florida has re-signed Radek Dvorak. Two years for 3.4 million total.
Panthers get Jordan Leopold (ufa July 1st) and a 3rd round pick.
added 10:29am, via Flames Insider,
So Sutter has a week to convince Bouwmeester to join the Flames.
It also means that the Flames must lose some salary somewhere.
In other words, it’s just starting.
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond:
The newest rumor I am hearing is that Jay Bouwmeester has become all but untradeable, his agent again telling prospective employers that Jay will not sign with anyone until he hits the open market on July 1.
This is a scenario I have spelled out numerous times, both here and on various radio shows. Honestly, if Jay isn’t going to sign until July 1, what worth do his exclusive negotiating rights have?
We may find that out soon enough.
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