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How Rare Is A 40/40 Shot Game

via Elias Sports Bureau,

Florida was outshot by Ottawa, 46-40, but the Panthers beat the Senators, 5-3, Tuesday. It was the first NHL game in which both teams had at least 40 shots on goal since March 6 last year, when the Flyers beat the Devils in overtime and outshot them, 44-41. It was the first non-overtime game in which both teams had at least 40 shots since Feb. 7, 2006, when the Panthers shut out the Capitals, 5-0, though Washington had a 44-40 edge in shots.

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Jokinen Wants To Win In Florida

George Richards of On Frozen Pond speaks with Olli Jokinen,

“What are you going to say? The team hasn’t been playing well. My name is popping up again. I don’t think if we were in first place, my name would be out there in trade rumors. I’m pretty much used to it. It doesn’t really bother me. My agent called me and asked if I had heard it.

I haven’t been traded in 7 years. I never will be OK with it. I like this place. This is home. It’s not one of those things where you want to move. I don’t believe the grass is any greener on the other side. as a player you are always going to win. To me it’s the easy way out looking elsewhere for other teams or going somewhere and trying to win happiness or win championships. I want to win here and hopefully we make some moves here.”

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The Rumors Start Again

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

Well we must be getting close to the trading deadline because more rumors about Olli Jokinen’s unrest in South Florida have surfaced….

Olli is always reportedly going somewhere, yet he never does.

No sport loves its rumors more than hockey, no sport treats pure speculation as gospel more.

Everyone just needs to relax. Olli isn’t going anywhere, at least not in the near future. Not unless JM was offered the sun and the moon, and Olli really wants to leave. I just don’t think either side is all that desperate to make a move like this.

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Paul Kelly Meets With Panthers

from the Sun-Sentinal via the Santa Barbara News Press,

Thursday night, in a conference room of a New Jersey hotel, Kelly met with his 28th team - the Panthers - for more than an hour and a half.

Afterward, he noted some of the issues that matter to players:

Scheduling

This is a ‘‘big issue’’ with them, Kelly said. Players would prefer to increase the number of regular-season games from 82 to 84 and play no more than five preseason games - the current limit is nine.

Ice quality

Players are concerned about poor ice conditions they say increase the chance of injury and affect scoring. And cities with warm climates aren’t the only ones struggling to maintain a quality surface - Calgary and Boston are among the worst, Kelly said.

Europe

Players want to see revenues continue to grow and there’s growing support of ‘‘globalization.’‘

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Shawn Matthias Skating With Panthers

from On Frozen Pond,

NEWARK - It appears the future is here. On the ice in Newark right now, highly-touted junior Shawn Matthias.

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added 2:29pm, from the Florida Panthers,

“I got the call late last night from the Panthers telling me that I was called up,” said Matthias, who skated Friday morning with the Panthers. “There was a lot of yelling in the house when I told my folks.

“I am just really excited and can’t wait for the game tonight. It is something that I waited for all my life and it is going to be a great experience.”

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Anytime Downie Hits Someone…

from On Frozen Pond,

OK, so Rostislav Olesz takes a late hit from Steve Downie, but since the Panthers didn’t do much complaining about it—and didn’t do anything about it—I won’t pile on. But, this could be bad. Olesz bounced up off the ice in a lot of pain.

JM says he re-injured his surgically repaired wrist/hand area, although I’m not so sure. That was Rusty’s right hand and it looked to me like he came up favoring his left. But we’ll see. Either way, doesn’t look good.

You decide…

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Panthers Need Some Changes

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

I think Martin can afford to gamble and make a few moves to shake things up right now if only because the Southeast Division isn’t getting any better.

The five teams within the division stink. The winner gets the third seed in the playoffs, and a fate very much like the Thrashers last year. Only the Panthers need the playoff money, so two home losses—and the gates they’ll bring—is better than none….

This ship is sinking and there aren’t enough guys bailing water. The ones that are doing the heavy lifting are getting ticked watching others not do anything. It’s time to make some changes before Washington and Tampa overtakes this bunch. I know the fans understand, but do the players here understand the opportunity these Panthers are squandering?

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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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