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More News from C-Bus

Dscn0583 Just spoke to JM and Nashville GM David Poile. Obviously the Panthers are ecstatic with the acquisition of Tomas Vokoun, JM saying he's one of the top five goalies in the league.

Will update with quotes eventually.

Also, JM says the Eddie Belfour Era in South Florida is now over. JM says Eddie will not be invited back, and the team will probably go with Alex Auld or Craig Anderson as Vokoun's backup. Both are restricted free agents and the Panthers need to qualify one or both.

Also, the league rejected Nathan Horton's contract because of technical language involving his no-trade clause. The Panthers say this is no big deal, they are rewriting the contract and say they will have it signed and refiled by tonight. Horton's no-trade will activate in at 2010 after he has seven accrued seasons. If he were to sit out a season, the no-trade wouldn't kick in until he reaches that seven season plateau.

-- Shoutout to all the folks at the Hard Rock enjoying the Panthers party. Sounds like it's a good time with everyone in a pretty good mood. Wonder why?