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Panthers Must Prove They Can Win

from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,

So this column won’t move many. And even for the 10,000 or so who still give a puck, there won’t be much that Sexton could say to persuade them that his Panthers will fare better than the Panthers of Bryan Murray or Rick Dudley or Mike Keenan or Jacques Martin, all names with more pizzazz whose teams petered out prior to the postseason.

Nor did Sexton completely persuade me, either, not even with his perfectly sensible talk about building through the draft, continuing to remake the culture, trying to upgrade the “level of nastiness” and insisting that every acquired player passes “the character sniff test.”

He didn’t persuade me that Stephen Weiss will finally emerge as an 80-point front-line center, or that there’s enough added mobility on defense to compensate for Jay Bouwmeester’s absence, or even that “knock on wood, if we can stay healthy, we’re going to stay in the [playoff] hunt.” He didn’t persuade me only because, after all that’s not occurred under his predecessors, you must wear your trusty shield of skepticism whenever encountering a Panthers executive.


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Vokoun Defends His Play From Last Season

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Tomas Vokoun acknowledges he needs to be better early in the season. It’s the main reason the Florida Panthers goalie was on the ice in late July long before teammates arrived.

But Vokoun is a bit perplexed by some people’s perception that he didn’t play well at all last season.

“You know what? People make such a big deal. There were a couple, few parts I didn’t play and [Craig Anderson] played, but Andy played great. He totally deserved his playing time,” Vokoun said.

“I finished second in save percentage in the league. I can tell you, if that’s the case this year, I’ll take it right now. . . . As goalies, we both did very well. I think it was the strength of our team. That’s my opinion. Some people may have a different one.”


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Panthers #1 Line Could Be Around A Long Time

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

They were the young trio of forwards Florida Panthers fans fell in love with during the 2007-08 season, so much so that the team had a contest to name their line.

Center Stephen Weiss and wingers David Booth and Nathan Horton became known as the ‘‘Sunrise Express,’’ a nickname not so loved by Weiss, but, he joked, ‘‘It’s better than people calling us the three bums.’‘

Not likely. From the moment they got together, they were the team’s best line. Before last season started, though, the line was broken up. Horton was moved to center on another line out of necessity, and while Weiss and Booth still achieved success, their line lacked the chemistry it had with Horton.

Now the Sunrise Express is back together, and there’s a chance the Panthers will finally have a stable, cohesive No. 1 line for an extended period of time. Booth, 24, signed a six-year deal in July. Weiss, 26, and Horton, 24, did the same two summers ago.


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Report- Seidenberg Could Be A Panther Today

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers are close to signing free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and a deal is imminent, an NHL source said Sunday.

According to the source, the team and Seidenberg’s agent, J.P. Barry, have been feverishly negotiating and have agreed to a one-year contract. They just need to settle on salary before the contract is finalized, which could happen as early as today.

Seidenberg’s signing would be a boon for the Panthers.


added 10:17am, TSN reporting 1yr for $2.25M.

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Could Panthers Be In Financial Trouble?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Don’t look now, but there is another Phoenix Coyotes situation on the National Hockey League horizon.

The Florida Panthers were supposed to be sold this summer, but quietly no deal was ever agreed to with the difficult owner Alan Cohen, and those who know the situation best wonder what comes next.

The current owners clearly want out. They didn’t even bother to replace Jacques Martin as general manager this summer. They are operating on a shoestring budget and rumblings are the owners may consider abandoning ship if need be.

This isn’t the kind of news the NHL wants to hear as another season is about to begin, especially considering what this summer in bankruptcy court has been like for the league.

continued plus more hockey notes…

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Sale Of Panthers Does Not Meet NHL Requirements

from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

The proposed sale of the Florida Panthers to Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. has been derailed, at least for now, because the terms of the deal do not satisfy the NHL’s ownership requirements, according to people briefed on the situation.

Owner Alan Cohen has been trying to sell the franchise but also would be receptive to adding a minority owner with a substantial stake and has had advanced discussions with at least one local businessman.

Cohen wanted to complete the sale to Sports Properties, but the NHL recently balked because the buyer, a public company, does not have a primary investor with a substantial equity stake.


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Should Rob Niedermayer Return To Florida

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Even with the first day of Panthers’ training camp just five days away, several big-name free agents remain on the market:

Some of the names: forwards Miroslav Satan, Michael Peca, Robert Lang, Maxim Afinogenov, Mike Comrie, Petr Sykora, Dominic Moore, Mats Sundin and Rob Niedermayer….

Five of those, in my opinion, make sense and would help the Panthers: Comrie, Sykora, Moore, Satan and Niedermayer, an original Panther from the inaugural team.

Let’s start with Rob, whose addition would also excite the fan base.

read on

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Panthers Still Looking To Fill Roster Spots

via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Assistant general manager Randy Sexton said Wednesday he’s still talking to the agents of some available players as well as other teams about potential trades.

“We’re not going to rest in terms of improving our team,” Sexton said. “Will anything happen? I don’t know. Are we working to improve our team? Yes.”

As it stands, it appears one spot on the Panthers’ fourth line and in their third defensive pairing will be filled by a player who was not an NHL regular last season.

Sexton had left open the possibility of bringing back veteran defenseman Jassen Cullimore when the team allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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Introducing Your Florida Panthers Ice Dancers

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Panthers Begin Informal Workouts

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…

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