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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.
From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,
The word was out about Olli Jokinen. And it wasn’t good.
One league executive, who team was rumored to be among those pursuing Jokinen, called the former Panthers center “a dog” late Friday night and said any talk of sincere interest on the part of his team was “a plant.”
from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
Unfortunately, it’s not as if the Panthers get a massive upgrade. Boynton, once a potentially good defensemen, now lays on the second-pair plateau and has missed significant time two of the past three two seasons because of injury. Ballard’s only 25, young for a defenseman, yet don’t expect him to blossom into Scott Niedermayer.
Boynton and Ballard join defenseman Bryan Allen, whom the Panthers got when they traded goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver; center prospect Shawn Matthias, whom they got from Detroit for Todd Bertuzzi, the big piece in the Luongo deal from Vancouver who played only eight games for the Panthers; and Vokoun, who came to the Panthers for a package that included the conditional pick the Panthers got from Detroit for Bertuzzi.
That’s what the Panthers have from their Steal to Start the Century.
from Russo’s Rants,
Olli Jokinen: I’ve been told my multiple league and team sources that the Wild is indeed very much interested in the Florida Panthers’ captain, who’s scored 173 goals the past five years.
Right now, however, the price is not right. The Panthers wants a young, up and coming prospect from the Wild, and Risebrough is not willing to part with him. If that specific part of the package changes, the Wild would pull the trigger.
more on the Wild including a Rolston update…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Penguins are trying to make a blockbuster move before tomorrow night’s NHL draft at Scotiabank Place.
League sources say Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero offered all-star centre Evgeni Malkin to the Kings for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a player, possibly centre Mike Cammalleri….
Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Sun Media yesterday that he’s had two solid offers for the No. 2 pick, but after meeting with his ownership group decided to stay the course by building with young players.
Also from Garrioch,
There’s a lot of talk the Leafs are going to make a Group II offer to Flyers restricted free-agent C Jeff Carter on July 1. Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher tried to deal for Carter at the trade deadline in February, but couldn’t when Leafs D Tomas Kaberle refused to waive his no-trade clause
more rumor talk…
“Olli wants to play hockey, and if the Florida Panthers want him to play for them, that’s great. He’s more than willing to do that,’’ Gandler said. “It’s up to the Panthers. If they want to trade him away, that’s their business. There’s nothing we can do about it. Olli is going to play hard for someone next season, that’s all I can tell you.’‘
- Mark Gandler, agent for Olli Jokinen
more at On Frozen Pond…
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond in the Miami Herald,
Big news in Pantherland is that TSN is reporting that Olli Jokinen has “indicated” that he would like to be traded. If this is true, it’s a complete reversal from things I have heard from Camp Jokinen. If it’s true (and I don’t really doubt the validity of the report), I think Olli figured he was gone anyway, might as well make it look like he had some control over things.
It’s the old “you’re fired,” “you can’t fire me, I quit” scenario.
from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,
Nearly every weakness can be sold as strength. Before Peter DeBoer could make his first line change from an NHL bench, the successful junior coach had to persuade a potential employer to overlook his relative inexperience.
Never played at this level. Never coached at this level.
“I tried to spin it that I’m undefeated,” DeBoer said Monday of his winning interview with Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin. “I guess he bought it.”
Soon we’ll learn whether DeBoer’s players buy in, too.
from On Frozen Pond,
For those who asked, both JM and DeBoer were asked if anything changed with Olli Jokinen’s situation. These are paraphrases…
JM: “I don’t think anything has changed. We don’t have many untouchables on our roster. If we see a chance to improve our team, we will.’‘
DeB: “Those are decisions that are best left up to Jacques. My plan is to come here in September and go to training camp with whatever team I’m given.’‘
more on the introduction of DeBoer as the Panthers head coach…
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