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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Nathan Horton appears to have spent plenty of time in the gym as well, although he’s not bigger. He’s markedly smaller.
Horton2 And looks a lot quicker and faster.
Word is he is clocking in at 205, about 10-15 pounds lighter than he played at last year. In past summers, Horton did NFL type training to get stronger. Now, it looks like he wants to play at a faster pace.
At any rate, Horton has shown—again—a commitment to his offseason training.
more on Florida…
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
As for the roster the Panthers have right now, DeBoer didn’t sound like he feels the team MUST add another player. But with the ongoing speculation about Alex Tanguay and whether the Panthers can sign the unrestricted free agent winger, he certainly isn’t opposed to another by assistant general manager Randy Sexton.
“I don’t think there’s a coach in the NHL that wouldn’t mind adding another piece if it’s the right piece.”
“We see the weaknesses on paper of our lineup just like everybody else does. The reality of our situation is we’re not a cap team, and considering where we sit on the salary structure, I think we have a competitive team.”
more on the Panthers…
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
The Florida Panthers have not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since accumulating a franchise-record 98 points in the 1999-2000 season. If the Panthers are to break that drought before it stretches into a second decade, they will do it with a distinctly new look….
Following last season’s near-miss, Jacques Martin, the team’s general manager and former coach, walked away in early June to become coach of the Montreal Canadiens. The Panthers have yet to name a new GM, and front-office duties are being handled by legendary executive Bill Torrey and assistant GM Randy Sexton.
Jay Bouwmeester, the team’s franchise defenseman, was the next one out the door. Unable to get the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent under contract, the club made the difficult, but necessary, decision to move the All-Star defenseman. The deal, after much speculation, went down at the 2009 Entry Draft, sending Bouwmeester to Calgary for defenseman Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick in the 2009 Draft.
Leopold and Ballard will likely anchor a completely rebuilt defense this season. The club also signed European vet Ville Koistinen and returns Bryan Allen and Bryan McCabe.
via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,
So what’s this about the Panthers allowing fans to sit in the radio booth with Randy Moller this season?
Fans who pay $2,500 will get to sit with Moller, appear on air for one minute during an intermission, give Moller a favorite movie line or catch phrase to use on broadcasts (790 listeners can do this for free); get four lower-bowl tickets, a jersey, compact disc of the broadcast, VIP parking, a pre-game dinner and autographs from a favorite Panthers player.
But no, they will not be allowed to interject commentary.
With Bill Lindsay moving to television to replace Denis Potvin, the Panthers will have Moller work alone.
from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,
Panthers ownership is close to signing a purchase agreement to sell the team to a New York-based publicly held company that would keep the team at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise.
But the deal is still a few months from closing.
The Panthers are working on finalizing a contract to sell to Sport Properties Acquisitions Corp., which was created last year to raise cash to buy sports teams, stadiums and other entertainment properties.
A couple of issues must still be resolved, but the deal is on track to be completed.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Got a tip late Tuesday night that the Florida Panthers sale to the Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. is not only not dead, but could be voted on Wednesday.
The NHL’s Board of Governors is meeting in Chicago this week with the sale of the Panthers from the Alan Cohen ownership group to the SPAC apparently on the agenda….
We will see what happens on Wednesday. Bill Torrey is in Chicago representing the Panthers; others may be up there as well.
Andrew Murstein, who led the charge for the SPAC, has previously been reported as the new face of the ownership group….
f Murstein comes in to run the team, I would think Randy Sexton staying on as general manager is probably unlikely (yes, I wrote today I thought he was keeping the job).
Murstein is reportedly close to former New York Rangers/Islanders GM Neil Smith, who I have been told is one of a handful of finalists for the job as it stands today.
From The Province:
Florida Panthers executive Uri Man hit on Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt on live TV Saturday, and the footage is proving a hit on YouTube.
Man, author of Getting Good Jobs In Tough Times, was appearing as a business and financial analyst during a segment about unemployment in the U.S. In the clip, he begins by complimenting Earnhardt on her yellow dress, and later reveals he has researched where she went to college.
Man is vice-president of real-estate development with the NHL’s Panthers, and appeared recently on the Bravo TV reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, which helps rich bachelors find the women of their dreams.
from the Florida Panthers,
Welcome to the official launch of your new FloridaPanthers.com.
While the Panthers build success on the ice, they also continue to enhance FloridaPanthers.com to make it the top site for Panthers fans to get all their news, features, promotions, video highlights, pre-game and post-game reports, and blogs.
The new FloridaPanthers.com has several new features, including enhanced game highlights, additional statistics on Panthers players and their opponents, easier access to promotions and the Panthers official social networks, and superior photographs.
I have noticed a few more teams have gone in this direction too, basically the site is centered on your page and has a look and feel of nhl.com.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Here’s an interesting take on the vacant Florida GM slot from a high NHL exec: Since the draft and major free agency picks have been completed, it’s quite possible that assistant GM Randy Sexton simply will inherit Jacques Martin’s chair for the 2009-2010 season.
Look at it this way: Sexton has plenty of experience (Ottawa and Florida) and will save a financially strapped franchise some extra bucks. Plus, between overseer Bill Torrey and Sexton, the Panthers’ braintrust is as good as any around.
more hockey notes from Stan…
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