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Keep An Eye On Bouwmeester

from Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel,

Watch Jay Bouwmeester. He’ll tell the whole story of this Panthers season. Everyone wonders if keeping a failed coach as general manager makes sense, if trading the top scorer was smart, if there’s finally a blueprint to the playoffs and not another skate through the wilderness.

Watch Bouwmeester.

He’ll answer your questions.

We talk a lot these days about how pro athletes don’t care enough, how they put money before winning or get long-term contracts and quit working. Bouwmeester did exactly what fans want star athletes to do.

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New Coach, Same Results

from Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post,

The Florida Panthers epitomize the old saying that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

And as their new season dawns - Florida opens Friday night at Carolina, and begins its home schedule Saturday night against Atlanta in BankAtlantic Center - the outlook for the Panthers looks numbingly familiar.

hey’ve changed coaches yet again, but there’s no reason to assume the Panthers will be appreciably different under Peter DeBoer than they were for three years under Jacques Martin, now solely the team’s general manager.

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New Season For Panthers

from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,

Vokoun, who has always worn his heart on his sleeve, enters the season more comfortable. He’s settled with his family in Florida, he feels optimistic about the team’s direction, and, more importantly, he returns for his second season with the Panthers looking at a new and improved blue line.

In fact, some consider the Panthers’ blue line to now be one of the elite in the league. Start with Jay Bouwmeester and Bryan Allen, a healthy Noah Welch and Cory Murphy, iron man Karlis Skrastins, and add veterans Keith Ballard, Bryan McCabe and Nick Boynton.

“We’ve definitely improved,” Vokoun said.

read on

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Hey, Another KK

from Kelli, the Panthers Ice Dancers Captain,

The girls and I had our annual initiation dinner a few weeks ago giving us the chance to take a break from all the hard work put in and really get to mingle with each other and get to know one another a little bit better.

read more from Kelli’s Korner and some pictures too.

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Noah Welch Donates Brain For Concussion Study

from Alan Schwarz of the New York Times,

A dozen athletes, including six N.F.L. players and a former United States women’s soccer player, have agreed to donate their brains after their deaths to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy….

Among the dozen living athletes, most with a history of concussions, who have agreed to donate their brains for examination after their deaths are the former N.F.L. players Johnson, Frank Wycheck, Isaiah Kacyvenski and Ben Lynch. Also participating are Noah Welch, who played hockey for the Florida Panthers last year, and Cindy Parlow, a former member of the United States national soccer team.

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Zednik Making a Comeback

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday

No one could say for sure Zednik, the former Islander, would survive the horrifying, gruesome, freakish injury he sustained in Buffalo that night when teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate accidentally slashed Zednik in the throat and cut his carotid artery. Zednik lost five pints of blood.

“Every time I think about it, I get chills,” teammate Jason Cullimore told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, recalling having helped Zednik off the ice.

Surgeons spent an hour reconnecting the artery. The operation left a long scar but saved Zednik’s life and restored his career.

continued… And more on Zednik in yesterday’s Sun-Sentinel

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McCabe Did Not Want To Leave Toronto

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I signed to play there. I wanted to win there. But circumstances change.

“We didn’t make the playoffs for three years, they bought Darcy out, they bought Razor [Raycroft] out. Who knew if Mats was going to come back or not? When we looked at it, we thought it was time for a fresh start.”

McCabe told Fletcher the Panthers were his top choice. He said the acquisition of defencemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes, plus the presence of Jay Bouwmeester, meant he would be joining an up-and-coming defence corps.

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Bouwmeester Talk

from the Sun-Sentinal,

Bouwmeester said he’s frustrated with not making the playoffs in his five NHL seasons with the Panthers and wasn’t going to decide this summer whether to re-sign or leave as an unrestricted free agent after all the latest edition of offseason changes.

“If I wasn’t [unsure], I would have signed something,” Bouwmeester said, adding that he’s “not closing doors” on the possibility of signing long term.

He said the team’s lack of success “absolutely” is why he’s hesitant to commit long term.

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Panthers Plan A Pressure Type Game

from Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post,

DeBoer, who will begin his first camp Saturday as an NHL head coach, will institute an aggressive, puck-possession game patterned after that of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

“We won’t be sitting back. We’re going to be in your face,” said Stephen Weiss, who enters camp as the team’s No. 1 center. He played the same role for DeBoer seven years ago at Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.

“Our bread and butter is going to be forechecking,” Weiss said. “It’s going to be up-tempo all the time.”

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Panthers Sign Ballard to 6 Year Extension

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond

The Panthers just called to tell me that defenseman Keith Ballard has signed a six-year contract extension. Ballard, the key part of the Olli Jokinen deal, was set to become a restricted free agent after the coming season.

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