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Based on our commitment to accessibility, we would like to take this opportunity to give you some insight into our hockey club’s strategy moving forward. After consulting with General Manager Randy Sexton and Head Coach Pete DeBoer, it is clear that our team, the way it is currently structured, is not equipped to meet the goals and objectives that we have set for ourselves, our fans and our partners.
via George Richards at his On Frozen Pond’s Facebook,
Let the rumors begin: Randy Sexton says no one—including Tomas Vokoun—off limits in trade talks with Panthers.
If Vokoun dealt, look for it tomorrow. Panthers GM Randy Sexton said other night that big money should be moved before Olympics.
added 9:10pm, via a tweet from George Richards,
Have just been informed that Tomas Vokoun WILL NOT waive no trade, at least not now
from Nick Kypreos Twitter,
Trade. Fla..Dom Moore to mtl for 2nd round pick.
added 6:37pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
I can confirm Fla has traded centre Dominic Moore to Montreal for a second round draft in 2011, pending trade call with NHL.
via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
If last night’s loss wasn’t “brutal” enough, the Panthers also lost winger Rostislav Olesz in the final minute or so to a broken hand.
Coach Pete DeBoer said today that Olesz is getting X-Rays to see how serious it is, but he’s out through the Olympic break at the very least.
As far as those trade rumors for Olesz, well, I’m not sure how true those were. Olesz has a big, long contract and for another team to take that on, the Panthers would likely have to take on someone else’s problem in return.
Now, as far as other players go, I would think guys like Jordan Leopold, Dennis Seidenberg, Gregory Campbell and Kamil Kreps are in play. What they would bring, I don’t know. I don’t think the Panthers are going to do anything until the deadline because, what sense does it make? Play tomorrow’s game against the Canucks and then make a deal?
“It was [expletive] brutal. We have too many guys who don’t compete. You can’t win in this game unless you’re ready to show up and go to war every night. We don’t have enough of them. .-.-. This is not type of team we want. We’re going to keep making changes until we get that. It takes time.
“It’s like turning around the Titanic and not a rowboat.’’
-Florida Panthers GM Randy Sexton after losing to Carolina tonight. More from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.
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…
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