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Florida Panthers Letter To The Fans

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from FloridaPanthers.com,

Dear Fans,

Based on our commitment to accessibility, we would like to take this opportunity to give you some insight into our hockey club’s strategy moving forward. After consulting with General Manager Randy Sexton and Head Coach Pete DeBoer, it is clear that our team, the way it is currently structured, is not equipped to meet the goals and objectives that we have set for ourselves, our fans and our partners.


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At 3:00pm ET, Everyone Can Relax

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The Olympic trade freeze begins at 3:00pm today, so only about five more hours of sitting and waiting for news.

I expect a few trades today, but it will not be close to what we will see on March 3rd.

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Senators Will Extend Contract Of GM Murray

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via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators are expected to announce Friday morning GM Bryan Murray has been signed to a contract extension.

The club has called a 9:45 a.m. news conference at Scotiabank Place with president Cyril Leeder and Murray, at which they’re expected to say Murray has agreed to a new two-year deal to stay with the club. His current contract expires on July 1.

With the Senators coming off a 6-5 win over the Washington Capitals, the Senators are ranked No. 3 in the Eastern Conference. During their current streak of 13 wins in the past 14 games, the Senators have made up 13 points on the Buffalo Sabres to move into first place in the Northeast Division. The club started the streak while dealing with several key injuries, shown it has depth in the organization.

update 10:05am, Bruce Garrioch reports it is a one year extension.

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That’s What You Call Winning The Draw

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Maybe He Should Take The Train

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Babcock said he has no idea about Kronwall’s status.

“We brought him back from injury (sprained MCL) way longer after we expected. We thought he was out for four weeks and then he was out for forever,” Babcock said. “We thought he was as healthy as can be. He kind of got hit from behind in the leg (in San Jose on Feb. 2) and then he was fine, no problem. He practiced the other day, was fine. He got on the plane, he couldn’t move.”


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Halak Hooked On Chocolate Milk

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Jaroslav Halak seems in the mood for confession, so it’s worth a shot: “What’s your greatest weakness, Jaro? Low stick-side? Five-hole? High glove-side?” “No,” the Canadiens goaltender says without a heartbeat’s hesitation. “It’s chocolate milk. Since I was a kid, I’ve had to have it every morning. Half a litre now, at home and on the road.

“When I started walking, I had a chocolate milk in my hand. When I was a baby, I had it in my bottle.” Halak laughs and leans back in his chair, chatting late afternoon this week in a Crescent St. restaurant. He is drinking tea.

“But my bottle on top of the net,” he says, “is just water.”

continue for a look at Halak…

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Morning Line

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“I don’t think he was ready to play.  He knew he was going to play. He’s had 12 days of practice and a game [in the minor leagues] under his belt. It’s his responsibility to be ready.”

“When you say, he’s rusty, it’s an excuse,” he added. “And excuses aren’t tolerated. The puck’s going through his legs? He’s been making that save since he was seven years old.”

-Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau on goaltender Semyon Varlamov.  More on the Capitals loss from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

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A Roster Move Is Coming, I Can Feel It In My Bones

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Update 16:45 According to the Mainpage Maltby may go on LTIR to get shoulder surgery and clear cap space for Lilja’s return.

St. James

In order to clear the last $700,000 needed, general manager Ken Holland said forward Kirk Maltby might go on long-term injured reserve because of a chronic shoulder injury that will, at some point, require surgery…
Holland said, “...Kirk Maltby has been playing with a chronic shoulder since last June, and it’s been progressively getting worse and worse and worse. He maybe should have had an operation earlier in the year, but given all the injuries that hit us, we were in no position to do it. So we’re going to have doctors in the next couple of days really look at his shoulder and see, is surgery something we should be looking at? So that’s also a possibility.”

Update 15:35 Other than waiving May, there have been no roster moves.  The roster freeze is now in effect until after the Olympic break.

Update 12:20 From the Mainpage:

May on waivers is official.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/12/10 at 12:13 PM ET


During the Wings/Sharks game Mickey Redmond indicated that Tick Tock said a roster move will be made Friday.

The presence of many pro scouts at the game is a good indication that will be the case.

Continue Reading »

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Lightning Could Be Adding Players

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from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

GM Brian Lawton didn’t make any predictions as to what the Lightning will do at the trade deadline, but he said being part of the playoff race means the team could be a buyer.

That, and Lawton said prospective owner Jeff Vinik, who already is writing payroll checks, is open to adding payroll if the right deal comes along.

“I explained what we were doing as a management group, and it didn’t rankle Jeff,” Lawton said. “We’re looking to be aggressive. That’s the way we’ve been preparing for the last month and a half as we see how the team is doing. Our people are out doing what they should be doing to prepare a team that hopefully stays in the hunt for a playoff spot.”


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No Untouchables In Florida

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via George Richards at his On Frozen Pond’s Facebook,

Let the rumors begin: Randy Sexton says no one—including Tomas Vokoun—off limits in trade talks with Panthers.

If Vokoun dealt, look for it tomorrow. Panthers GM Randy Sexton said other night that big money should be moved before Olympics.

added 9:10pm, via a tweet from George Richards,

Have just been informed that Tomas Vokoun WILL NOT waive no trade, at least not now

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