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Corey Tropp charges Ed Jovanovski, who loses his mind, as do the announcers

This is one of those incidents where you watch a player do something stupid and wonder, "What the hell are you thinking?" and then you listen to the announcers and go, "Oh, so that's a player's thought process...Dear Gord, they're lunkheads."

Cue all of the above from this clip of Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski going after Columbus Blue Jackets forward Corey Tropp-who was out of his mind in trying to charge Jovanovski's face--with a dim retaliatory cheap shot (he received 5 and a game for his endeavors), then explained in equally dim fashion by the Blue Jackets' announcers, per Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien:

Florida actually scored a shorthanded goal whlie killing off the 5-minute major, but they lost 3-1 to Columbus.

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Panthers send Kris Versteeg to Chicago

Per the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus, the Florida Panthers made a move that makes no sense cap-wise given that Capgeek estimates that the Chicago Blackhawks are now $282,628 over the cap...Wait, wait, here we go...

Versteeg's signed through 2015-2016 at a cap hit of $4.4 million per season, but Capgeek pegs his real-world salary for the this and the next two seasons at a total of $14 million real-world dollars, so the Panthers are paying $7 million to make Versteeg go away.

The Panthers and Blackhawks confirm:

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Video: Barch suggests that Caps fans can’t handle the tooth

Via Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney, Florida Panthers scrapper Krys Barch lost a tooth during the course of the Panthers' 3-2 shootout loss to Washington, and when he was being "chirped at" by a few unruly Capitals fans, Barch chose to mockingly offer a pulled-out tooth to the gents jabbering at him:

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Tim Thomas injures his ‘other’ groin

Per NHL.com's Alain Poupart, Tim Thomas seems to be suffering from Dominik Hasek syndrome (goalie returns after semi-retirement, deals with chronic injuries as he gets back into game shape):

Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas left Tuesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks with an apparent lower-body injury and did not return.

Thomas left the ice with 2:59 remaining in the third period and the score tied 2-2. He was replaced by Jacob Markstrom, who was beaten twice in the shootout as the Blackhawks won 3-2.

Thomas went down to make a save and lay on his stomach in obvious discomfort. After the next whistle, he skated to the Florida bench, moved his leg to test it and showed obvious pain, at which time Markstrom replaced him.

Thomas was making his third start after missing four games with a groin injury he sustained during a 2-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 8. Florida coach Kevin Dineen said after the game he had no update on Thomas' condition but that the injury Thomas sustained on Tuesday was not the same as the one he suffered in Philadelphia.

Here's NHL.com's video of the injury:

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Garrioch: Panthers plan on off-shoring veteran assets

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch suggests that the Florida Panthers' new owners plan on shaking up the team, with just about everyone who's not a top prospect up for grabs:

Three weeks into the season — and less than a month since Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu took over the franchise — sources say the Panthers are prepared to move any of their veteran players.

Forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Marcel Goc are among those available along with Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov, just to name a few.

After making the playoffs two years ago, the Panthers haven’t gotten off to the kind of start anybody expected, especially after signing veteran goalie Tim Thomas.

While Viola and Cifu are willing to commit cash to the organization, the belief is they don’t want to throw good money after bad. The only thing GM Dale Tallon doesn’t want to do is trade any of the club’s good young prospects.

Continued with many more rumors...

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First Thomas, then Backstrom, Nash and Hartnell

As Paul noted, Tim Thomas appeared to tweak his groin or some othe part of his "lower body" in the Florida Panthers' 2-1 loss to Philly on Tuesday, and while I was preparing to have my beard trimmed for the first time in six years, Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun notes that Niklas Backstrom got dinged in the Wild's 3-2 loss to Nashville...

[T]he Minnesota Wild are reporting that netminder Niklas Backstrom is done for the night due to a similar problem.

Backstrom lasted just 11:14 minutes against the Nashville Predators and surrendered two goals on five shots. He sustained the injury when Nashville forward Eric Nystrom crashed into him and seemed to accidentally jam Backstrom’s leg against the post.

TSN's Bob McKenzie noted that Rick Nash left what is currently the Rangers' 7-2 loss to San Jose after getting hit high and hard by Brad Stuart...

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Burnside’s ‘ramblings’ involve cap circumvention, Captain Ference, the Franchise of Misfit Players

ESPN's Scott Burnside's relieving Pierre LeBrun in the "rumblings" department today, offering "ramblings" instead. Among them:

Like most people, we’re fascinated to see how the Daniel Alfredsson experiment turns out in Detroit. But the one thing that we still can’t get over is that the NHL decided not to act on Alfredsson’s blunt acknowledgement that his previous contract with the Ottawa Senators was, in fact, a blatant attempt to circumvent the salary cap under the previous collective bargaining agreement. Alfredsson told reporters before training camp that when the four-year deal was signed neither side expected Alfredsson would play in the contract’s final year -- worth only $1 million in real money even though the cap hit was $4.875 million annually. It was exactly that kind of wink, wink, nudge, nudge deal that the league had been warning teams about for years -- Alfredsson made $7 million in each of the first two years of the pact -- and which ultimately cost the New Jersey Devils mightily in their first attempt at a contract for the erstwhile Ilya Kovalchuk. The so-called cheat deals were, in theory, eliminated by new parameters put on contracts in the new collective bargaining agreement and the league’s position is that they are going to look forward instead of back. Good news for the Senators, but maybe in the spirit of CBA détente, the league should forgive the Devils the first round draft pick they must forfeit next spring for having done no worse than what Alfredsson admitted the Senators did in his case.

I'm curious as to why the Flames aren't being dinged for allowing Miikka Kiprusoff to retire early, too, but that's just me...

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McKenzie: Whitney latches on with the Panthers

Via CBS Sports' Brian Stubits, the Florida Panthers seem to have no problem existing as the Island of Misfit Players, having signed Tim Thomas and now Ryan Whitney:

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Sunday thoughts from Simmons

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers a scattershot slate of mostly Maple Leafs-related observations this morning, and the train of thought in this particular paragraph struck me as most intriguing:

Would love to know why Sergei Makarov, who was a top-10 player in the world from 1979-1989 is still not in the Hockey Hall of Fame....

Ran into Paul Coffey, Darryl Sittler, Marcel Dionne and a few more all-time greats at the Road Hockey To Conquer Cancer event at Ontario Place. If there’s a better charity event than this one, I haven’t seen it ...

Maybe it’s personal, but it makes me just a little uncomfortable to see Sheldon Keefe honoured this coming week for his time coaching in Pembroke. Maybe I’m too old to forget and or maybe I just know too much...

The best supporting actors in [Paul] Ranger’s return to the NHL: David Branch and Dallas Eakins...

If I was Dale Tallon, I would have given Tim Thomas the $3.75 million the Florida Panthers gave him but if I was paying him that much, I wouldn’t have given him a no-trade contract.

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TSN’s Insider Trading segment includes preseason praise and panning

TSN's Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun discussed David Clarkson's suspension, Paul Bissonnette's appealing of his suspension, the probability of the NHL and NHLPA adopting hybrid icing and even expansion to Seattle in an "Insider Trading" segment, but pre-season hockey games aren't exactly covered with the intense scrutiny of regular-season games, so the most intriguing part of their segment involves, well, assessing which players have played well and which ones have played poorly during the part of the season that theoretically doesn't count:

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Panthers’ Tallon eyes Draft to Rebuild Team

From the Miami Herald’s George Richards:

With the type of season the Florida Panthers went through last year, coach Pete DeBoer said one would have to expect plenty of changes.

Since finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers brought in a general manager not afraid to shake things up.

You want change? Dale Tallon is ready to bring it.

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Report:  Panthers ship Nathan Horton to the Bruins

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, the rumored deal of the Panthers’ Nathan Horton to the Bruins is a “done deal”.

UPDATE:  Per Bob, the deal is Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick.

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Bruins Closing in on Panthers Winger Nathan Horton?

From NESN.com’s James Murphy:

Well, it appears Chiarelli could already have a trade in place that would bring a current NHLer to Boston.

While the parameters of the trade are unclear at this point, a very reliable source told NESN.com on Friday that the Bruins are closing in on a trade with the Florida Panthers that would see them acquire winger Nathan Horton, who was drafted third overall by the Panthers in 2003, but in six NHL seasons, has cracked the 30-goal plateau only once and—in the eyes of fans and media—failed to reach his potential and use his 6-foot-2, 229-pound frame properly.

There were no specifics on what else may come to Boston in the deal or what the return would be to Florida, but it has been well documented that Chiarelli would love to move into the top 5-7 picks overall to get one of the top defensive prospects available, so this could be a package deal involving roster players and picks.

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Denis Potvin on Richard Zednik

Earlier today, Denis Potvin was on “Hockey This Morning” (NHL Home Ice XM 204) describing the scene last night in Buffalo regarding the horrific injury to Richard Zednik.  Denis was doing color for FSN Florida last night.

Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.


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Note: details of last night’s events were previously posted here on KK (including video).

Update 2:04pm ET: An update from the Panthers states that Zednik is still in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit.

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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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Panthers Must Make The Playoffs, Or Else…

from the Palm Beach Post,

Majority owner Alan Cohen denies it, but a well-placed NHL source said Tuesday that general manager and coach Jacques Martin and captain Olli Jokinen must get the Panthers to the playoffs this season or one or both are likely to be gone.

“Jokinen has got to pick up his productivity and leadership and get this team to the playoffs,” said the source, who deals with the Panthers on a regular basis. “And with an excellent draft next year, Jacques needs a playoff berth after giving Nashville his first- and second-round picks in the (Tomas) Vokoun trade.” Cohen was quick to issue denials when Jokinen trade rumors surfaced last weekend, insisting he would never trade the ninth-year center, and Tuesday he was just as quick to underscore his faith in Martin.

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The Jokinen Talk

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

...That said, there is word few people on this team is real happy with how things are going and there has been word of a possible revolt. I’m not kidding about this.

My take: If JM is shopping Olli, not good. He’s the captain and face of this franchise—for better or worse. If this is true, JM needs to come out and say so. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it really, but I will in the near future. Probably tonight. Word of Olli being shopped has leaked to the players and it is not, NOT, sitting well in the room.

I don’t think it’s happening….

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added 10:28pm, more from George Richards,

Spoke to JM, Olli and Alan Cohen. They say absolutely no truth to the rumors that Olli has been shopped.

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It Is All Mental For Panthers

from the Palm Beach-Post,

It’s not like these guys are a bunch of losers. Jokinen and linemate Ville Peltonen won silver medals with Finland at the 2006 Olympics. Mike Van Ryn won a national championship at the University of Michigan. Ruslan Salei, Radek Dvorak and Steve Montador have all come within one win of a Stanley Cup. Nathan Horton won gold with Canada in the World Under-18 championships.

But collectively, there’s some mental bridge that has been impossible to cross. Not that there’s any shortage of thoughts on the subject.

“We just have to have the mental preparation and focus, even if it needs to be 30 seconds at a time,” Peltonen said. “Create that as a habit, do it as well as you can every time out there, and the result will come.”

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Everyone Has To Pull Their Weight

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Standing in the visitors’ dressing room inside RBC Center, goalie Tomas Vokoun pointed out all of this after Florida’s 4-2 loss at Carolina, and then said he couldn’t understand why the Panthers didn’t work hard.

“We’re not consistently doing that enough to be successful on an every-night basis,” Vokoun said. “We are whatever we feel like that day, and that’s just not winning hockey. If you want to be in the playoffs, you have to be a whole lot better than that.

“No team is going to give you an easy game and say, ‘We’ll just let you win tonight.’ Especially with our team, we need everybody pulling their weight. That’s the bottom line for us to win. If that’s not happening, we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. We’re on the ice.”

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Nieuwendyk Inspires Panthers

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

At first, I didn’t think much of seeing Joe talk to the team during the second intermission. Especially when Zednik was called for an early penalty giving the Canes a chance to break the game open. But then things started to go Florida’s way, and lo and behold, the Cats took advantage. Haven’t seen much of that.

A lot of the guys were praising Joe’s speech, the captain of the team saying it really inspired them.

Now, why would Joe’s voice hold more credence than that of coach/GM Jacques Martin? Or Olli himself?

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Panthers Sign Cullimore

From Sports Network via KETV,

The Florida Panthers signed defenseman Jassen Cullimore on a one year deal Friday and assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Rochester on a two week conditioning stint.

The 34-year-old Cullimore has played in 643 career games with Vancouver (1994-97), Montreal (1997-98), Tampa Bay (1998-2004) and Chicago (2005-06), registering 21 goals and 59 assists.

Last season, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound defenseman played in 65 games with the Blackhawks scoring one goal with six assists.

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Making the Big League

From Patrick Dorsey at the Miami Herald,

Any remaining doubters of his town’s passion might check [Stefan] Meyer’s calls-received log. After receiving word at practice that he had been called up [to the Florida Panthers], Meyer got excited.

Then, when the town itself got word, Fox Valley got excited. ‘‘My phone just about blew up [Monday],’’ Meyer said. ``It was smoking from my pocket.’‘

Meyer expects similar thrills back home Wednesday, although the locals again might need to hike to Medicine Hat for a TV that carries the game. Meanwhile, more than 2,600 miles away, Meyer expects to feel the same when he first touches NHL regular-season ice.

‘‘A lot of things will flash before my eyes—just growing up as a kid and skating and stuff like that,’’ Meyer said. ``It seems so far away. But I’m here right now, and I can hardly talk I’m so excited.’‘

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David Booth Update

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

Word out of One Panther Parkway is that all is well with the young Mr. Booth, and his scheduled MRI is now not needed.

According to spokesman Justin Copertino, Booth flew home with the team last night and met with team trainer Curtis Bell today. All seems fine. David is hurting a bit, understandable, and is wearing a precautionary neck brace.

Booth will not practice Monday at the Ice (10:30 a.m., open to public) and isn’t expected back until later in the week. So it’s good news: no permanent damage, just some soreness. “Kind of like he was in a car wreck,’’ Copertino said. Yep, that’s about what it looked like last night.

continued… (*Booth was taken off the ice on a stretcher last night in Ottawa)

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Panthers’ Booth Leaves Game on Stretcher

From The Sports Network,

Florida Panthers left wing David Booth was removed from the ice on a stretcher during the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

Booth was in the offensive left corner when he was checked from behind by Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov with 15:12 left in the period. Booth’s head went flush into the boards and he remained on his back until medical personnel assisted him to the stretcher.

Volchenkov was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.


Update 10:45pm ET - George Richards at On Frozen Pond

Booth has been taken to the Ottawa Civic Hospital, said to be alert and moving around. The Panthers are optimistic doctors at the hospital will release him and he’ll be able to make the charter flight home. [...]

The hit by Volchenkov may have been in retaliation for a similar hit just moments earlier. There, Florida defenseman Branislav Mezei sent Nick Foligno into the boards. Foligno had to be helped off the ice…

 

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Home At Last

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

Cory Murphy muttered two words.

“Lyndon Slewidge,” said the Florida Panthers defenceman.

Murphy’s long hockey odyssey, which began two minutes from where Scotiabank Place was built and included six years in Europe, finally comes full circle Saturday night when the Ottawa native stands for the national anthem before a game against the Senators - performed as usual by the Ontario Provincial Police constable Lyndon Slewidge.

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Worst Trades in NHL History

Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

When asked recently during a radio interview if the Roberto Luongo trade to Vancouver prior to the 2006-07 season was the worst in the history of the sport, Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin answered “True.”

Maybe this is a stretch. After all, the Montreal Canadiens handed Colorado what amounted to three Stanley Cups when they traded goalie Patrick Roy to the Avalanche in December 1995.

continued… *a look at a few other “worst ever” trades around the NHL, plus a closer look at what’s happened in Florida

 

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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.’‘

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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.

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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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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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