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DeBoer Hired to Coach Panthers (Updated)

via TSN,

It may not be in Ottawa, but it appears Peter DeBoer will be coaching somewhere in the NHL next season.

On the same day Craig Hartsburg was named the head coach of the Senators, the Kitchener Rangers’ website says their head coach will be leaving the organization to accept a head coaching position in the National Hockey League, adding that details would not be released until Monday.

Earlier this week, DeBoer met with Eugene Melnyk regarding the Senators’ post but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

DeBoer is also among the candidates for the head coach position with the Florida Panthers and is expected to interview with the Los Angeles Kings this weekend.

added 3:22pm, via the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin announced today that Peter DeBoer has been named the 10th head coach in the club’s history. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. A formal press conference will be held on Monday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at the BankAtlantic Center when DeBoer will be officially introduced.

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Catching Up On Jokinen Talk

via Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune today:

The Panthers again are using Jokinen as trade bait. Reportedly, a dozen teams have inquired and the Panthers would want a first-round pick in any package.

“We haven’t made the playoffs here, so bottom line is we’re looking to improve our hockey club,” Panthers GM Jacques Martin told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Is that with Olli back here or Olli not back here?”

Martin hasn’t been shy about criticizing Jokinen in the post-season. For more, the Sun-Sentinel provides this audio from an interview a few weeks ago, and George Richards wrote a feature piece on the captain’s trade value earlier this week in the Miami Herald.

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No Rush to Trade Jokinen

From George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,

That said, I do think the Panthers and Jokinen will probably part ways in the coming weeks. I don’t think Olli and [Jacques Martin] like each other very much, and if JM was still the coach, Olli would probably have found himself somewhere else.

But know this: JM is not going to trade Olli away out of spite, is not going to settle on a deal just to make the deal. Certain other GMs of this franchise may have made up their mind to trade a fella, then made sure that was done.

JM is not that kind of a GM. Jacques Martin is patient to a fault, and is not going to be rushed into making a major deal like this without doing due diligence.

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Upping the Surcharge

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

The Panthers announced their pricing schedule for the 2008-09 season Monday and, although the price of season tickets will remain largely unchanged, single-game seats for so-called “high-demand” games will carry a $25 surcharge.

“We’re doing it mostly to protect our season seat holders,” Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark said. “We did it last year and didn’t get a lot of push back.”

Last year was the first year the Panthers implemented any surcharge, which is becoming a staple in the industry after it was introduced by Major League Baseball and brought to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres a few years ago. Last year’s surcharge for Panthers games was $10.

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Is this a smart move? Panthers home attendance for 2007-08 was 30th in the NHL at 80.2% capacity. But that being said, Biggane’s article also notes that their ticket prices are currently among the lowest in the NHL.

Update June 10th 9:14am: More on this from George Richards of the Miami Herald
Update June10th 12:14pm: And even more from Richards; the Panthers owner didn’t like being called “greedy”.

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Youth Movement

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

Chicago Assistant General Manager Rick Dudley, who served as Panthers GM from 2002-04, said the rules changes adopted after the lockout have made it easier for young players to succeed in the NHL.

“They don’t have to learn how to deal with the clutching and grabbing, the things wily older players developed over the course of time,” Dudley said. “Today’s game is more about speed and skill as opposed to that.”

Dudley is familiar with the group of youngsters in the Florida system and feels they might also put up significant numbers if given the chance.

“Would I be surprised if Matthias and Frolik played significant roles this year in Florida?” he asked. “I would not. We almost made the playoffs with an incredibly young group. Look at what Pittsburgh did with young guys like (Sidney) Crosby, (Evgeni) Malkin and (Marc-Andre) Fleury. Had Pittsburgh run into a clutch-and-grab team they may have had more problems.”

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Florida Notes

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

Spoke with JM today at The Bank, got a little bit of news from him regarding the coaching search—among other things.

First off, the Panthers have asked for and been granted permission to speak to Paul Maurice (Toronto) and Perry Pearn (Rangers assistant). Martin has already had a conversation with Maurice, done when JM was at the team’s development camp outside of Toronto….

JM says he has spoken with Jay Bouwmeester’s agent, but there has been no progress in talks for a contract. He says he expects talks to continue. When I asked him if he could foresee trading Bouwmeester at the draft if something isn’t reached, he said “I would doubt that. We’re not at that stage yet. We’re at the begining stages of the negotiations.’‘

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Panthers Get Permission to Interview Paul Maurice

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin said today that he has received permission to speak with former Toronto coach Paul Maurice about the vacant Florida coaching job.

Martin, speaking by phone just before the NHL general managers meetings in Detroit, said the permission came from interim Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher about two weeks ago, when Fletcher called to inquire about the services of Joe Nieuwendyk.

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Miami’s Insurance Policy Problems

imageFrom Dan Christensen at the Miami Herald,

If a hurricane destroys the BankAtlantic Center, home of hockey’s Florida Panthers, Broward taxpayers will be on the hook for any damage over $150 million because the arena is underinsured.

The estimated cost to rebuild: upward of $300 million.

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Apparently no one else in Florida is big on hurricane preparedness this year, either.  (Good luck with that, Miami.)

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Leafs Turned Away—Again

From Darren Dreger at TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have been shutdown by yet another team in their quest to rebuild management.

Maple Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher asked the Florida Panthers for permission to speak with Joe Nieuwendyk last week and the Panthers declined.

Toronto must wait until July 1 when Nieuwendyk’s contract with the Panthers expires before they can officially approach him.

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Coaching Candidates for the Panthers

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

There could be a good reason the Panthers have been so patient in selecting a new head coach: One of their leading candidates is still working.

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Andre Savard, who has been an NHL head coach and general manager and is a close friend of Panthers GM Jacques Martin, has emerged as a top candidate for the Florida vacancy, according to several league sources.

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Savard was also rumored earlier this month in a report from Bruce Garrioch (previously cited here on KK). Other names in the mix include former Panthers coach Doug MacLean, current NYR assistant Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn, Pat Burns, Joel Quenneville and AHL Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth.

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