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Vokoun’s Game Has Changed

from the Palm Beach Post,

Former Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck and Terry Crisp, a former player and coach who’s now the Predators’ TV analyst, have noticed a slip in the enormous confidence that helped make Vokoun one of the league’s top 10 goalies.

“He’s had a lot of things happen the last couple years: the blood disorder, the thumb injury,” said Vanbiesbrouck, now a national broadcaster who worked Tuesday night’s Toronto-Carolina game for Versus. “Talking to him after all that, I thought everything was fine. Then I started focusing on him and saw he was a lot further back in the net than he had been.

“Before, he had been personified as a real rock - a guy who would challenge shooters and was hard to score on in the third period. Now he gives up four goals (to the Rangers) in the third his first game out.”

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All Jacques Martin

from Dan LeBatard of the Miami Herald,

Q | Philosophy to live by?

A | ``Fair and simple. Do right.’‘

Q | Most moved you’ve ever been by hockey?

A | ``Winning the gold medal in 2002 in Olympics with Canada. For 50 years, Canada hadn’t won. Coaching the best players in the game at the top of the sport and winning for your country. I didn’t cry, but it was very touching.’‘

more

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From Luongo to Vokoun

From Steve Gorten at the Sun-Sentinel,

Jacques Martin has never publicly said, and probably never will, that trading Roberto Luongo was a mistake, despite how it shook the Panthers’ organization.

Martin ultimately gave his approval of the trade to then-General Manager Mike Keenan not because he wanted to — Luongo was the reason Martin chose to coach the Panthers instead of the Coyotes — but because he felt he had no other choice after contract negotiations with the star goalie grew too contentious.

So Martin, the coach, made do with Alex Auld and Ed Belfour in goal. In June, Martin, the general manager, made a major move to stabilize that position and this franchise: He traded three draft picks to the Nashville Predators for goalie Tomas Vokoun.

continued…

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Panthers in Basic Training

From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

Now that the Florida Panthers’ roster is complete, it’s time for them to grow a little closer.

To facilitate this, the team will spend the next three days training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While the team will do plenty of work at the Army hockey rink, what coach and general manager Jacques Martin hopes is the most beneficial is the stuff done off the ice.

continued…

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Florida Has New Direction

From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

Martin has solidified his standing as the leader of the franchise after being handed the keys last summer when Mike Keenan was fired.

Serving as coach and general manager, Martin has complete say over every aspect of Florida’s hockey operations.

Some might say Martin doesn’t deserve such power, but it’s hard to argue with what he has done so far with the Panthers.

more…

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Goalie Expectations in Florida, Boston and Toronto

From the CP via Yahoo! Sports,

A trio of Eastern Conference teams feel they’ve made themselves better this off-season by acquiring goalies who couldn’t hold on to No. 1 jobs in the West.

Trades brought Tomas Vokoun to Florida, Manny Fernandez to Boston and Vesa Toskala to Toronto this summer and every one of those teams is hoping those guys can carry them to the playoffs.

Expectations might be a little high.

All three have shown some shaky form during the pre-season, although it would be foolish to put too much stock in the exhibition play.

continued…

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Jokinen’s Voice Being Heard

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Jokinen was just 24 when then-coach Mike Keenan made him the Panthers’ captain in 2003. Some wondered whether the easygoing center from Finland was equipped to be a leader. Some still do. Teammates and former teammates say he’s a good one.

But there’s also a perception that he’s a poor — or perhaps incapable — captain. One of the most beloved players in franchise history, retired goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, criticized Jokinen’s leadership abilities on a radio show in July.

“He doesn’t know how to bring people together,” said Vanbiesbrouck, who insinuated Jokinen’s leadership suffers when he tries to be more vocal.

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Panthers Will Be Just Fine

Brian Biggane of Inside the Panthers at the Palm Beach Post responds to the latest story by David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail about expansion & the schedule…

David Shoalts, who covers the Toronto Maple Leafs for Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper and loves to bash the Panthers, was at it again Wednesday.

In a story about Wednesday’s Board of Governors meetings in Chicago, Shoalts noted that while expansion will be discussed, it isn’t likely to come about for a few more years. If and when it does happen, he said, Winnipeg is likely to be passed over in favor of American cities such as Las Vegas, Kansas City and Seattle.

Winnipeg’s best chance of getting a team, he continued, “remains relocating one of the league’s basket cases, such as the Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers or Nashville Predators.”

continued

added 9:30pm, Bob McKenzie at TSN also has some notes regarding the BOG meeting.  A few people willing to pay up $200M-$300M for an NHL team!

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It’s Olli’s Team

from the Miami Herald,

Olli Jokinen might have served as captain of the Florida Panthers the past three seasons, but today, it appears he truly gets what the ‘‘C’’ on his jersey represents.

‘‘He’s our leader and the guy everyone looks up to,’’ Nathan Horton said. ``He’s our guy. He leads the way and we follow.’‘

‘‘This is Olli’s team,’’ Mike Van Ryn said.

continued...And someone please tell my why Jokinen’s name kept popping up in outlandish trade talk this summer!

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Another Rumor Shot Down

from Bob McKenzie at his blog on TSN,

There have been a lot of rumors that the Florida Panthers are trading defenceman Noah Welch, who they recently signed to a new contract.

Based on the information I am a getting, there is no truth whatsoever to the rumors.

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