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Magnus Johansson Traded To Florida

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have obtained a late round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Magnus Johansson.

Johansson, 34, has played in 18 games for the Blackhawks this season, picking up four assists and four penalty minutes.  Johansson was originally acquired by the Blackhawks when he was signed as a free agent on June 4, 2007

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No Spark In Florida

from the AP via the Florida Times-Union,

A loss Tuesday at home against Pittsburgh was the Panthers’ fifth in sixth games. They’ve lost four in a row at home. They look - and sound - like a team headed in the wrong direction.

“I don’t think there’s any spark around here right now,” said captain Olli Jokinen, the Panthers’ all-time scoring leader. “I’m running out of answers. Maybe you should go ask somebody you haven’t asked yet, because I don’t know what to say, seriously. It’s embarrassing.”

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Vokoun Not In the Net

A few Panthers had some fun today at practice…

from On Frozen Pond,

In net: Jozef Stumpel. On offense: Tomas Vokoun.

While Vokoun and Stumpel traded equipment and assignments, Rostislav Olesz kept feeding the puck and trying to get shots past Stumpel. Vokoun also tried defending Olesz on a breakaway, one time flipping on Olesz’s first move. Fun stuff after a pretty hard practice.

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Could Ryder End Up In Florida

via On Frozen Pond,

Rumors have it that Montreal is shopping Michael Ryder, and I would think the Panthers have an interest with Ville Peltonen out a substantial—six/eight weeks—bit of time with his broken foot. Ryder has scored 30 goals the past two seasons, but is struggling so much this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Ryder has three goals and seven assists this season.

He hasn’t scored a goal since Nov. 16 at Buffalo and hasn’t so much as recorded a point since getting two helpers against Boston on Nov. 17. Change of scenery—and some sunshine—might be what Ryder needs.

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We May Have A Problem Here

from the Miami Herald,

‘‘We played so flat, there was no energy or work ethic whatsoever,’’ Jokinen said moments after the players finished a postgame meeting. ``When the game was 4-2, I think some of our guys stopped playing. That shouldn’t happen in this league. That’s a first-place team, but it’s not a lot to ask to work your back off every single shift. Play hard. I didn’t see that tonight, and that’s the scary part.’‘

Said Vokoun: ``If you don’t want to play in games like this, you’re in the wrong business. . . . If [players quit], we have a big problem here.’‘

more on the loss to the Wings…

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Keenan Remembers Florida

from the Calgary Sun,

“There was a lot of scrutiny in terms of budgets and financial perameters that may or may not be there (now). I think the budget went up 10-million bucks the year I was fired as a manager,” said Keenan, who planned on building around centre Olli Jokinen and star goaltender Roberto Luongo but dealt the latter when financial negotiations failed.

“Hopefully they’re confident enough that the marketplace will turn around and support the budget they’re working ... At the time, coming out of the lockout, it was tough for an ownership group because they didn’t get the fanbase they had anticipated. I respect what they were doing but it’s difficult in those circumstances to put a team on the ice that maybe you’d like.”

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Took A Wrong Turn

I think The Sailor took a wrong turn with his boat.

He found water, frozen water!

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Van Ryn Hopes To Avoid Surgery

from the Sun-Sentinel,

While his teammates left for Washington on Tuesday, Panthers defenseman Mike Van Ryn went to receive a cortisone injection in his right wrist.

It’s likely the last resort for Van Ryn before he’s forced to have surgery on that wrist for the third time in a year and a half — surgery that would end the 28-year-old’s season and possibly his seven-year NHL career.

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Countrymen Everywhere

from the Sun-Sentinel,

At any time inside both the Panthers’ and Rangers’ dressing rooms this season, you can hear Czech spoken.

Both rosters have six players from the former Czechoslovakia, now split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia….

“It’s not something I can’t be without, but it definitely helps, no question,” Vokoun said. “You’re always close to people who grew up the same way and have gone through the same things. It’s very good for family life.”

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The Panthers Room

from On Frozen Pond,

JM got testy today when asked about the reported division in the room, telling us to name our sources. That, of course, is not going to happen. And it can’t happen. But none of this is new. JM hasn’t been a good communicator and I don’t think he thinks he needs to be.

JM is an old-school guy in the thought he feels these guys should be able to motivate themselves from within, that they make enough money they should play with pride and be up for every game. Yet this is the real world. That always isn’t the case.

Has Jacques lost the room? I don’t think he has.

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