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via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
To talk to Bouwmeester before July 1, Florida Panthers want a draft pick, which would become a 1st rounder if he signs.
The Florida Panthers have breaking news on breaking news!
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added 12:05pm, Regarding the Panthers… via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
I hear it’s a player signing, just don’t know who yet. Hope to talk to Randy Sexton soon and get this thing straightened out.
added 12:16pm, via TSN ,
The Phoenix Coyotes may be in bankruptcy but they continue to do business.
Phoenix has traded centre Steven Reinprecht to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Stefan Meyer.
The Coyotes have also signed forward Petr Prucha to a two-year deal.
Reinprecht, meanwhile, has signed a three-year deal with the Panthers.
Not sure if this is the breaking news, the Panther’s Twitter has yet to be updated.
added 12:30pm, from the Florida Panthers,
SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the club has acquired the exclusive negotiating rights for the Phoenix Coyotes C Steve Reinprecht (REIGN-prehkt) in exchange for Florida Panthers prospect C Stefan Meyer. In addition, the club announced they have agreed to terms with Reinprecht on a three-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
added 12:40pm, One more thing, there is a rumor from a guy who just wants hits to his website that the Panthers have called a press conference. That is completely false, there is no press conference.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
A report in the Ottawa Sun last week cited anonymous league sources saying Bouwmeester has already told the Panthers he won’t return. Asked if that was true, Sexton, noting he has had “frequent” conversations with Bouwmeester’s agent, said, “Until such time we know exactly what’s going to happen, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”
Asked about the same report, Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, said Wednesday: “We have always said we’d wait to see what unfolded July 1 [the start of free agency]. That in itself speaks as to what is going to happen.”
Baltimore said he hasn’t given the Panthers a list of teams Bouwmeester would like to play for, but “we’d certainly be open to discussing that with them.”
Baltimore said that while returning to western Canada is a factor for the Edmonton, Alberta, native, he’s not limiting himself to that.
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:
It seems admittance to the private club that is the NHL, even for qualified applicants, depends on who is knocking at the door.
While BlackBerry tycoon Jim Balsillie still has not made it past doorman Gary Bettman, despite all of his legal pounding, two other owners were ushered in quickly in 1992 when they showed up practically unannounced. And the Disney Corporation was given a hero’s welcome even though it refused to pay an indemnification fee for buying the expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and operating them in the same territory as the Los Angeles Kings.
NHL commissioner Bettman and the league’s governors surprised the reporters covering the annual meetings in December, 1992 when they announced the league would expand by two teams for the 1993-94 season. Aside from Disney, the other new owner was Blockbuster Video chairman H. Wayne Huizenga, who was granted the Florida Panthers.
Both new owners paid the going rate for expansion teams at the time, $50-million (all currency U.S.). However, Disney chairman Michael Eisner refused to pay for the right to play inside another team’s territory as it was defined under NHL rules.
Related: more from David Shoalts on fees posted earlier today
from Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post,
The Florida Panthers may be getting a new owner, but likely not a new home.
The public company Sports Properties Acquisitions Corp. is in talks to purchase the Panthers and the rights to run the BankAtlantic Center and surrounding properties for a reported $230-$240 million. But unless the new ownership group is willing to pay Broward County the remaining debt for building and improving the arena - another $182 million - they are locked into a lease that will keep them put for the next 20 years.
A move seems unlikely because location is a big part of the Panthers’ appeal. Although they play in a small market and haven’t been to the playoffs in nine years, the deal would allow the new owners to manage and profit from all other events at the BankAtlantic Center. Plus, the current ownership group envisions building a mixed-use entertainment district around the stadium called the City of Oz.
from Ben Klaymen of Reuters,
A publicly held company formed last year to acquire sports properties has agreed to purchase the Florida Panthers hockey team for $240 million, a source familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.
Sports Properties Acquisition Corp has agreed to buy the National Hockey League team; its home, BankAtlantic Center; an arena management company and some land surrounding the arena, said the source, who asked not to be identified because the deal has not been announced.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Hall of Fame manager Bill Torrey will select Jacques Martin’s successor, but Torrey, who turns 75 this month, insists he won’t choose the man he sees in the mirror every morning to be the next general manager of the Florida Panthers.
Torrey, the architect of the New York Islanders’ early 1980s dynasty and the 1996 Panthers, who won the Eastern Conference title, won’t be coming out of retirement.
“I think I have served my time as a general manager and I know where I am in this world and in this life,” Torrey, the Panthers’ alternate governor, said a conference call Monday. “My heart is with this franchise and I want to see a good choice come along.”
added 11:44am, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Martin, 56, just completed his third season as Florida’s general manager. He coached the team for three seasons before being relieved of that duty last summer. Martin was
asked to stay on as general manager by owner Alan Cohen and Martin agreed, signing a four-year contract.
What sort of compensation the Canadiens would give to the Panthers isn’t clear, and it is not known if Martin would personally have to buy out his own contract to leave.
more on Martin
The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference this afternoon at 2pm et when the club will introduce Jacques Martin as their new head coach.
note: original post was 8:56am today…
Sportsnet has learned Jacques Martin has been negotiating a potential buy-out with the Florida Panthers and that the Montreal Canadiens are very interested in hiring him as their next head coach.
Sources say Martin has multiple years left on his contract, but is willing to leave some money on the table to take the Canadiens job.
Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the Florida Panthers announced today the restructuring of the hockey club’s broadcast teams on FOX Sports Florida and Sports Talk 790 the Ticket for the 2009-10 NHL season. Steve Goldstein, Billy Lindsay and Randy Moller will return to the broadcast booth in 09-10, while Denis Potvin will not be retained. Goldstein will continue to handle television play-by-play duties with Lindsay joining him as color analyst, while Moller will call Panthers radio broadcasts on 790 The Ticket.
“We look forward to teaming Steve “Goldie” Goldstein and Billy Lindsay on our television broadcasts and we are confident that they will provide entertaining and insightful commentary that will resonate well with our fans. Meanwhile, Randy Moller has done a superb job in the radio booth over the last two seasons providing our fans with exciting and colorful broadcasts that have gained attention on a local and national level.” said SSE president & chief operating officer Michael Yormark.
added 6:22pm, from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
“It’s tough. It’s very tough,” Denis said, adding that he’ll be trying to look forward instead of looking back. “You come to a point where you figure you’re a lifer with a company or a group. That’s not the case anymore. I was surprised. I was not expecting it.”
more from Potvin…
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Richard Zednik will not play for the Florida Panthers or any other NHL team next season.
Zednik, 33, has signed a two-year contract with Russian Superleague team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team reported on its Web Site on Thursday. An NHL source confirmed the report.
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