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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
There is a thought the Panthers secretly hoped Bouwmeester would sign an offer sheet with another NHL team this summer, giving the Panthers a chance to match the deal and lock Bouwmeester in long-term.
Since Bouwmeester elected to go to arbitration, he cannot sign with another team; Martin said the Panthers aren’t going to trade him.
‘‘We’re confident we’ll get something done,’’ Martin said. ``That’s our approach right now. That’s the way we’re going. We still are having discussions. It’s been a process that’s been good on both parts. It hasn’t been ugly. It’s been healthy discussions from both sides. We’re just trying to find a meaningful pay scale he’ll be happy with.’‘
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Only a few people—Jay Bouwmeester, his agent and perhaps JM the GM—know whether Florida’s No. 4 wants to continue his relationship with the Panthers much longer.
Jay has already decided to take the Panthers to arbitration, which means the thoughts he would sign an offer sheet with another team is over. For now, it’s the Panthers or no one for Jay. But there are a few options.
From Kevin Oklobzija at the Democrat and Chronicle:
Rory Fitzpatrick, who spent much of last season in the American Hockey League, agreed today to terms on a two-way contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.
Fitzpatrick, 33, will very likely play much of next season with the Rochester Americans, unless Florida suffers injuries on its defense or he performs exceptionally well in training camp.
From TSN (no link yet available):
Cory Stillman agrees to terms with Florida on a three year deal for $10.6 million.
Update 4:08pm ET: TSN link, which now reports $9.6 million as the salary.
The Florida Panthers have signed forward Rostilav Olesz to a multi-year contract.
Sources says it’s a six-year, $18.75 million deal with an annual salary cap hit of $3.125 million.
from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
An e-mail sent to some Panthers season-ticket holders by a Panthers account executive excoriated recently traded Panthers captain Olli Jokinen as playing ‘‘with little heart or passion’’ and showing ``no leadership or improvement.’‘
This two-hand slash to the character of Jokinen, Panthers captain from October 2003 until his trade to Phoenix on Saturday for two defensemen and a second-round draft pick, came in a three-paragraph e-mail Tuesday morning from Ryan Powers, an account executive for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment….
‘‘When I heard about it, I was shocked and surprised,’’ Panthers chief executive officer Michael Yormark said Wednesday morning by phone. ``This is not the kind of communication we condone and is unacceptable
“I don’t know at this point,’’ JM said when asked about bringing in some help come July 1. “Look at the people that we have. In order to get people we want, we would have to trade. It always depends. It’s not like last year where I felt we needed speed and character. That’s why we went free agency route and signed three players. Part of last year’s strategy was, we didn’t think we had too many people ready to step up. This year we do.’‘
-Jacques Martin at On Frozen Pond. Read more on the Panthers…
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond in the Miami Herald:
Speaking of Mats [Sundin], the City of Sunrise has agreed to change its name to “Sundin, Florida” if Mats decides to sign with the Panthers. “No one knows where we’re at anyway,’’ one Sunrise official lamented. “Some people like to call us ‘North Weston’ or ‘South Tamarac.’ It doesn’t matter.’‘
from the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
I just spoke on the phone to Joe Nieuwendyk, who was playing with his kids and sounded like he’s enjoying the extra time with family. Anyhow, here are his thoughts on a few issues:
Q: What are you looking to do when your contract runs out with the Panthers on June 30? Are the Maple Leafs, your former team, a team you’d want to work for?
A: “I’m keeping my options open. I should know more down the road. ...I’d certainly would listen to what they have to say. [A move there] may or may not make sense.
The Florida Panthers placed veteran centre Jozef Stumpel on waivers on Wednesday, making him a buyout candidate if he clears at Noon et/9am pt on Thursday.
Stumpel is entering the last season of a two-year contract extension that will pay him $2.25 million. The 35-year-old had seven goals and 20 points in 52 games last season.
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