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from Steve Sexton of the Sun-Sentinel,
Sexton said he’s been busy on the phone and has spoken more to GMs in the Western Conference than the Eastern Conference. That’s because with so much parity in the Eastern Conference, hardly any team has decided it will be a seller. As for teams talking possible deals with the Panthers, “there are a lot of [teams] out there with guns and masks.”
“If you’re going to acquire a player, what teams want from you in return is ridiculous,” Sexton said. “I don’t mind paying a fair price for a player we’re going to keep, but for some of the rental players that are out there, some of the prices being asked are ridiculous.”
Sexton said he’s prepared for the possibility that the Panthers will be sellers, but really believes they’ll be buyers at the March 3 deadline.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• I’m told star goalie Tomas Vokoun, who has one year left on his deal at $6.3 million, will not be made available before March 3 regardless of where the Panthers are in the standings. That’s a situation the team will revisit come June.
• As I reported earlier this season, the Flyers are hoping to reach an extension with goalie Ray Emery before the end of the regular season. Because Emery signed a one-year deal this past summer, the team wasn’t allowed to approach his agent until January. That happened in Calgary last week, when Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, chatted briefly and only agreed they would commence preliminary talks after the Olympics.
more and note, some of the information was discussed on the HNIC Hotstove tonight…
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
After another loss on Friday night, words like brutal, frustrating and embarrassing were words spoken in the Panthers locker room.
“That pretty much sums it up,’’ coach Pete DeBoer said grimly.
The Panthers put up just 13 shots in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Calgary at BankAtlantic Center – including a grand total of six in the final 40 minutes….
Afterward, DeBoer said “we just got manhandled.’’ When asked how to change that, he was succinct and candid.
With just one goal on Friday against the travel weary Flames (they flew in from Calgary on Thursday), the Panthers have scored 10 goals in the past nine games.
“You would think when you have some forwards who haven’t scored in 14, 15, 16 games, they might want to get their noses dirty to try and get one,’’ said DeBoer.
“We weren’t interested in that tonight. .-.-. We have lines of guys who haven’t scored in 15 games. It’s tough. The only way to fix that is through free agency in the summer.’‘
Green received 2 minutes for elbowing.
added 11:26pm, via the Twitter of Tarik El-Bashir,
Mike Green on his elbow to Michael Frolik’s head: “I didn’t mean to elbow him. I might have got it up. I thought it was my shoulder.”
If you missed the knee-on-knee hit Green took tonight, you can watch it here. The knee hit was after the elbow…
Washington Capitals’ defenceman Mike Green has left tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers’ with an apparent knee injury.
Green collided with Panthers’ defenceman Dmitry Kulikov with just over three minutes remaining in the second period. It appeared to be a knee-on-knee collision.
He briefly returned to the Capitals bench in the third period but left for the dressing room once again shortly thereafter.
Earlier in the game Green was involved in another incident when he appeared to nail Panthers’ forward Michael Frolik with an elbow to the head. Green received a two minute elbowing penalty on the play, however the league may well review the hit.
Watch video of the knee-on-knee hit below and note, instead of play by play in the vid, we get some music…
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
DeBoer and Booth talked for a while near the bench today and then Booth chatted with Dave Zenobi. DeBoer said it was nothing more than just another daily conversation on Booth’s progress.
I spoke with Booth this afternoon. I got the feeling he’s going to be back one of the next three games after tonight—either Sunday against the Islanders, Monday against the Ducks or next Friday against the Flames. All three are home games. My guess would be Friday.
I asked Booth if he was ready to play. He said he’s getting closer, but isn’t quite there yet.
“If I felt ready to play in a game right now I’d be playing tonight,” Booth said. “I don’t know when that date is going to be. I just don’t want to put my team in jepoardy of anything where I’m not ready. Every shift now counts. If you make a mistake and the other team capitalizes, it’s tough to live as a player.”
via the Twitter of Jonas Siegel,
Nathan Horton out four weeks with a broken leg according to Pete Deboer.
from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,
How many NHL coaches does it take to turn on a light bulb?
In this case, none.
“I wish I could tell you that I did, that I figured it out, because then I could have a job for life in any sport I wanted,” Pete DeBoer says.
No, sometimes, the light just goes on, even if the athlete it illuminates remains in the dark about that occurrence.
“I think it has for him,” DeBoer says.
Just in time.
You see, this is the time of year when I traditionally write a “Nathan Horton is underachieving” column, devoting ample space to Horton’s aversion to shooting and inconsistency of effort.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2000, a postseason drought that could tie an NHL record if the team fails to advance once more this season.
Some might think that pressure weighs heavily on the players and coaches.
“Listen, we have nothing to lose here,’’ defenseman Keith Ballard said. “No one expects us to be in the playoffs because we haven’t been in the playoffs in forever. I haven’t been there, a lot of guys in this room haven’t been there. Let’s just leave it out there. We don’t need to be in the playoffs today or tomorrow. We just need to be there after Game 82.”
Coach Pete DeBoer said the current crop of Panthers shouldn’t have to be completely linked to the failures of the past.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers have been saying that injured winger David Booth is expected to return to the lineup sometime this month.
Coach Pete DeBoer on Saturday added some doubt to that timeline, saying that it’s possible Booth could be done for the season.
Booth, who led the team in goals last season, was knocked unconscious by Philadelphia captain Mike Richards in a brutal open-ice hit on Oct. 24. Booth sustained a major concussion and has resumed skating and working out. But DeBoer said Booth’s return is an uncertainty.
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