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from Adam Schwartz of NHL.com,
Here is a hockey fact you might not have thought about. Only seven NHL goalies catch with their right hand.
To Tomas Vokoun, one of the lefties, the difference gives him an edge, a slight one to be sure, but an edge nonetheless. And we all know how goalies love those advantages, however small.
“It’s a little bit easier for me to stop left-handed shots and most of the players in the NHL have left-handed shots,” said Vokoun, the Florida Panthers’ top goalie. “Although, I don’t think it’s a significant advantage. I don’t think a goalie that catches with his right hand has a significant advantage.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
So, Panthers head coach and general manager Jacques Martin says, he is still a buyer when it comes to the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 26, not a seller. That means star centre Ollie Jokinen, subject to almost as much trade speculation as Leafs’ captain Mats Sundin, is staying put for now.
“I think the bottom line for us is we are three points out of first in our division with one game in hand on both Carolina and Atlanta,” Martin said a few hours before the Leafs and Panthers played on Tuesday night. “We’re in a good position. We control our own fate, we just have to go out and do our jobs.”...
“If we keep winning and climbing up the standings, being in playoff position, those kinds of rumours will die,” Jokinen said. “We’ll be buyers, not sellers.
from On Frozen Pond,
According to JM, Radek Dvorak has two broken bones in his hand, will be out four to six weeks. I spoke to Radek after Saturday’s game, he was optimistic he was going to be OK. Apparently that’s not the case.
No update on Jozef Stumpel and his troublesome right shoulder. JM said Saturday there was “slight separation” and Jozef is due to see a doctor today or tomorrow. He is not making the trip north, obviously.
more on the Panthers…
James Mirtle visits the JLA,
The building’s concourse is an old-school setup, running along underneath the seats, and there’s a distinct octopus funk throughout. I was priced out of getting a Zetterberg jersey, instead settling for the $12 mug as a memento.
George Richards at On Frozen Pond has an issue that must be addressed,
Well, I’m currently in section 133 watching Cancuks practice. Great seats, the so-called money seats. And it is absolutely disgusting down here.
There is slime on the armrests, schmutz on the chairbacks, and how anyone can watch a game through the crud on the glass is beyond me…
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The bottom line is, Luongo always thought a deal was going to be made, and he would remain in Florida. Luongo was the face of the Panthers, and he figured he would be for years. The franchise is led by others now, but Luongo has his piece of its history.
Luongo and the Panthers have moved on. But Friday night’s game is still going to be special.
‘‘I think it’s going to be real emotional for him,’’ said Jokinen, who came to Florida with Luongo in a trade from the New York Islanders in 2000. ``He’s going to have a lot of friends out there.’‘
In the stands, and on the ice, too.
from On Frozen Pond,
—Just got an email from old pal Eklund. He says Olli ticked someone off in the Panthers front office lately and basically demanded a trade. Says Ek: “I would be shocked if he were still a Panther come Feburary 27. And another big name as well.’‘
I guess I need to start saying my goodbyes to Olli while he’s still here.
Obviously, I’m being sarcastic here.
And I don’t know what Olli could have done to anger anyone in this organization. He does everything for the Panthers. They ask, Olli does. On ice, off ice. It doesn’t matter. I mean this guy goes to dinners with sponsors. You think he likes that? Think he needs the free meal? No, he’s trying to help out this franchise in any way he can. And he is appreciated for his efforts.
added 2:50pm, from Stan Fischler a the Hockey Journal,
Ever since October, there have been rumors that Olli Jokinen would be dealt by Florida. It hasn’t happened and isn’t likely to happen because chief executive officer Alan Cohen remains convinced that his captain is a major asset to the Panthers, which is fine except that some savvy Panthers-watchers believe that the Florida sextet would be a lot better off on the day the club says bye-bye to Olli.
more NHL bits from Stan…
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.
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.”
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.
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:
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.
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.
Players want to see revenues continue to grow and there’s growing support of ‘‘globalization.’‘
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