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from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,
Does it strike anyone other than me as more than a coincidence that the Montreal Canadiens went cold right around the time the Vincent Lecavalier trade rumors broke last month?
From early December to a week prior to the 2009 NHL All-Star game the Canadiens had rallied from a minor November slump and were a sizzling 11-2-1, despite losing such notables as Carey Price and Saku Koivu to injury.
Then the trade rumors linking the Habs to Lecavalier broke, and they’re 2-8 in their last ten leading up to February 11th.
I’m a big fan of Habs GM Bob Gainey and overall approve of how he’s built and maintained the current roster, but his cryptic responses to the Lecavalier trade speculation seemed to only stoke the rumors.
It’s unknown if Gainey spoke to any of the players who were rumored headed to Tampa Bay for Lecavalier to calm their nerves.
continued plus some Bouwmeester talk…
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Give the Panthers’ marketing brass credit for one thing: They’re creative. Oh, and they have plenty of brass. So make that two things.
The latest out of One Panther Parkway comes a playoff guarantee.
Basically, the team is saying if you buy a four-game pack of tickets to this year’s playoff run and the team doesn’t make the postseason, you score four freebies next year.
Which you can probably parlay into tickets for 2010-11 if they don’t make the playoffs again next season. It could be the gift that keeps on giving!
From WCBS News Radio:
Ever had to eat tickets to a sporting event which took place while you were on vacation? Get this. New Jersey Nets season ticket holders can get in on the “Snowbird Exchange Program.”
[NJ Nets Press Release]: As cold weather takes hold of the Metropolitan area, the Nets and the Florida Panthers have launched the first-ever Snowbird Ticket Exchange Plan in which south Florida-bound Nets season ticket holders can exchange their unused game tickets for Florida Panthers hockey game tickets at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
More on this from the Associated Press.
from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers haven’t been this happy with their position in the late January standings since 1999-2000, their last playoff year. Now, the question is what the Panthers will do with Bouwmeester at the coming trade deadline—deal their No. 1 defenseman or risk losing him for nothing as an unrestricted free agent?
‘‘I hope he’s here for a lot of years,’’ Weiss said. ``I hope we can all stay here. I’m pretty stubborn that way where you want to finish where you started. I was drafted here and I want to make this work and get this team consistently winning and make the playoffs and do something in the playoffs. I think a lot of guys have that mind-set—you know what, it hasn’t been good here, but we’re going to turn this thing around and make it work down here.’‘
from Steve Gorten of Florida Panther blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
Yes, the Panthers are going to make the playoffs this April.
My prediction isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to tonight’s 5-1 win against the Canadiens. This performance only punctuates the progression of this team.
I watched the third period tonight, seeing the Panthers attack more in those 20 minutes than in some entire games last season. This team plays a fun style to watch. And now its confidence is soaring.
Much of that credit has to go to Pete DeBoer. In my opinion, if the Panthers make the postseason, he will and should be named the NHL’s coach of the year. As a Panthers fan, you should love what DeBoer said tonight when I asked him what statement this win made about where his team’s at:
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
What do you do, Jacques? What in the world do you do?
You trade him. That’s what you do. You cannot watch Bouwmeester walk away for nothing. A couple of (possible) home playoff dates aren’t worth it.
And I believe that Martin will do just that, unless the trade offers are laughably bad, which they shouldn’t be. As trade deadline approaches, they will get better and better. Someone will put together an attractive package that works; perhaps a solid NHL player, a top prospect, and a first round pick. And Jacques will take it.
“This year has been the best year since I’ve been there, in a lot of ways. There seems to be more stability there now and there really wasn’t for a few years. Those are the things you think about. But right now there’s not really a lot going on and we haven’t been talking a whole lot, I don’t think. I haven’t ruled anything out. Money isn’t always everything. I haven’t played in the playoffs and that’s obviously No. 1. Where that is, whether it’s Florida or not, who knows?”
-Jay Bouwmeester at the All-Star festivities yesterday. More ASG topics from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News.
from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,
Rewind: The Panthers are languishing. They’re 30th, dead last, in the NHL and they’re clearly at the crossroads. One road leads to significance and the long road out of the league basement. The other? Obscurity.
After a dull 4-2 loss Nov. 21 in Boston, the Panthers return to South Florida and coach Peter DeBoer begins his daily press briefing by saying, “Everyone here should be on notice.”
“The status quo isn’t good enough,” he added. “There’s going to be consequences throughout the lineup because of that.”
And that begins three weeks that will change a season.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin said winger Rostislav Olesz needs surgery to repair a sports hernia that already has cost Olesz six weeks of his season.
Olesz was injured Dec. 4, with the original diagnosis being a pulled groin. Olesz returned to practice a few weeks ago before being shut down after the pain failed to subside.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Caught up with GM Jacques Martin before the game. Here are his thoughts on several issues:...
Martin said he hasn’t spoken with D Jay Bouwmeester’s agent and that “there’s no change in his status.”
“We’ll talk to him in the near future,” Martin said. “The closer we get to the trading deadline, it’s an issue we’ll have to resolve. Right now, he’s playing his best hockey.
more Panthers issues….
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