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The Improving Southeast Division

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Every team in the division has gotten better,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The 24 games we play within the division are not going to be easy for us. For the most part, we’re a very similar team to what we were, so they will know what they’re facing whereas, with some of these teams that have changed more than the others, we’re facing the unknown.”

No team may have altered the landscape more than Tampa Bay as new owner Jeff Vinik brought in Steve Yzerman, who has simultaneously bolstered the franchise’s credibility while overhauling its on- and off-ice personnel in his first few months as general manager.

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Shrinking The Arena

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,.

As reported earlier this summer, the Panthers are ‘downgrading’ the capacity at The Billboard this season, covering up more than 2,000 upper deck seats with tarps.

According to the team, the “22-piece tarp system sponsored by Party City will cover the last six rows of seats located on the terrace level.’‘

Tarps This coverage will not be for all games—but for almost all of them. When Montreal or Pittsburgh comes to town the tarps can be removed.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

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Panthers Sign Andrew Peters

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with LW Andrew Peters on a one-year, two-way contract.

Peters, 30, has appeared in 229 NHL games with Buffalo (2003-09) and New Jersey (09-10), registering seven points (4-3-7) with 650 PIM. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound winger paced New Jersey with 93 PIM last season. Peters recorded a career high 151 PIM with the Sabres during the 2003-04 campaign and led the American Hockey League with 388 PIM during the 2001-02 season.

“With the addition of Andrew, we immediately add a physical presence to our line-up,” said Tallon. “He brings an aggressive style of play and a dimension that our team needed to address this offseason. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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Let’s Take A Break

Sit back and watch the preliminary auditions for the Panthers Ice Dancers.

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Competition For Spots In Florida

from Dale Tallon at FloridaPanthers.com,

If you look at our defense right now, in front of Tomas Vokoun and Scott Clemmensen, we have Bryan McCabe, Bryan Allen, Dennis Wideman, Dmitry Kulikov, Jason Garrison, Nathan Paetsch and Mike Weaver, all competing for regular playing time. They could also be pushed in camp by players such as rookie Erik Gudbranson, youngsters Keaton Ellerby and Colby Robak, and new signing Joe Callahan.

The fact is, as head coach Pete DeBoer has said even before I got here in May, we need to cultivate a competitive environment where every player feels the pressure to perform and earn their position – from first line center down to a fourth line checking forward.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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Golf On Tallon’s Mind This Weekend

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun at the Montreal Gazette,

Dale Tallon, the general manager of the Florida Panthers and the very first draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, has had a lifelong love affair with golf.

This week, Tallon gets to tee it up with some of the world’s best senior golfers at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Golf Club near Seattle.

Before heading to Sahalee, he talked about his game with Postmedia News reporter Brad Ziemer:

Postmedia: Is it true you almost didn’t bother going to your qualifier for the U.S. Senior Open?

Tallon: Yeah, I had just gone through a busy six weeks since taking over as GM in Florida and hadn’t played much golf. Fortunately, I had a 9:50 tee time as opposed to the normal 7:50. My wife said, ‘Why don’t you just go for a walk anyway’ and I had made arrangements for a kid to caddy for me and I didn’t want to let him down. So I went out there and after making a bunch of pars I birdied six and birdied eight and then I three-putted nine and bogeyed 10 and thought, here we go. But I made birdie on 11 and made a bunch of pars coming in.

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Florida/Chicago Trade

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired C Marty Reasoner from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for C Jeff Taffe.

“We are very pleased to have acquired Marty,” said Tallon. “He is a hard working, veteran center who is good on face-offs and can be counted upon to play in all game situations. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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Florida Shows Up On The NHL Map

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Remember when both Florida teams were gong shows? Well, with Steve Yzerman in Tampa and Dale Tallon taking over as general manager in Florida, those days are gone.

Now, add into the recipe that there is no state tax in Florida, travel in the Eastern Conference is vastly superior to the West, and of course, the family is always happy to relocate to the kind of neighborhood where a millionaire in Florida might live, and you get quotes like this one from Simon Gagne:

“Tampa Bay was a team I was more than willing to waive my no-trade for,” Gagne said. “I really like the direction the team is headed in with a solid owner, Steve Yzerman as GM and coach (Guy) Boucher.”

When is the last time you heard a player say THAT about the Lightning? Give Tallon some time in Florida, and they’ll be talking that way about the Panthers as well.

Sunshine, the beach, low taxes, zero media scrutiny… It is just another example of why teams in Canada had better draft well, because landing big-name free agents is getting tougher and tougher.

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