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25 posts from July 2007

July 03, 2007

Bert's a Duck

BertuzziIt's a darn shame I already used the Rubber Duckie photo earlier this season because this one is just to easy: Todd Bertuzzi just signed with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Panthers were to get a second round pick if he had signed with the Red Wings, but alas, he's back with Brian Burke (his old GM in Vancouver).

Bertuzzi is getting a two-year deal worth $8 mil.

No word on where Alex Auld is headed, but will update as soon as I hear.

-- The Panthers plan on having another cookout next week. On Monday, July 9, the Panthers will formally introduce Tomas Vokoun and Brett McLean to South Florida. The cookout runs from 6-8 p.m. For more info, call the Panthers or visit the website at floridapanthers.com

July 02, 2007

Zednik Speaks


The South Florida 3 got a chance to speak with Richard Zednik over the phone today. Guy says he's excited about the opportunity, excited about playing for Jacques. Well, what else did anyone expect him to say?

Here you are: 

"Florida was my first choice so it was exciting when my agent called and said there was an offer. They have young players, they have some friends of mine like Jozef Stumpel. I just feel like I always liked Florida, I like the team and their style.''


"I bring experience and it’s exciting to go and help the team make the playoffs.''


"I like right [wing], but I’ll play both sides like I did in Montreal and Washington. We’ll see where I fit. The season is long. We’ll see how the pieces come together.''


"Jacques likes speedy wingers. That’s what I like. I can give that and score goals. I feel comfortable. Guy Charron was in Montreal for a while. I know him very well.''


"I had some things going on in my life: My family, injuries. The people in Washington were great, but it was a time where I don’t want to think about. I want to move forward with my new team. Everyone here is hungry to make the playoffs.''

July 01, 2007

Going Back in Time

Future At least Radek Dvorak won't have to go far for the Panthers' 1996 reunion.

Sunday, the Panthers signed the former Panther to a two-year deal. Terms coming as soon as Dvorak's agent tells TSN what they were.

Dvorak, 30, played with the Panthers from 1995-99. He made his debutDvorak with the Panthers in 1995 and stayed with the team until being traded to the Rangers.

Dvorak has played in 11 seasons with the Cats, Rangers, Oilers and Blues. Last year, his first with St. Louis, Dvorak scored 10 goals with 27 assists in 82 games. In 828 games, Dvorak has 171 goals with 278 assists.

-- According to the Panthers, both Dvorak and Zednik are in Europe and won't be available for comment today. We'll get quotes from both sometime Monday. We'll be getting McLean in a little bit after we talk to Jackie. Will post some quotes from both in a bit.

-- Oh, also hear the TSN rumor that Olli Jokinen might be headed to Calgary is completely unfounded. Sounds like old Mike is trying to stir some things up.

UPDATE: "I would like to know where they get this stuff,'' Jacques said. "It must be someone in an office somewhere.'' When I joked that the office may be in Calgary, Jacques laughed. "My old buddy, eh?"

-- Big news out of Philly is that Danny Briere is joining the Flyers. Boy, they sure didn't like sucking did they? The Flyers are look like the kings of this offseason. They have reloaded and rebounded quite nicely. Briere gets $6.5 mil which is below what some pundits had him going for.

The key, however, is this: the deal is for eight -- yes friend, eight -- seasons. Guaranteed. As Borat would say, "Very Nice!"

-- As much as I love Texas Pete hot sauce, I have about had it with the one ad they show about 10 times an hour on Florida Marlins' telecasts. Geez, we get it: the hot sauce is good on just about everything. Enough already! Spend some money, film another ad. And change the music, too.

-- PS: The few fans at Joe Robbie Stadium just booed Armando Benitez off the field after another rough outing against the Braves. At least they care.



-- Hey there: The Lightning just got a little tougher. The Bolts announced Sunday that it has signed winger Michel Ouellet to a two-year deal. The 25-year-old is just coming into his own and can score some goals. He kind of priced himself out of Pitt, but should be a good fit among the scorers over on the other coast.

"Michel Ouellet is a goal scorer and has been throughout every level of his career,” GM Jay Feaster said in an email addressed only to me. OK, that's not true. "He is extremely effective on the power play and he has a knack for burying his chances in the offensive zone. We feel his game is best suited to playing in a top-two line role and he will get that opportunity in Tampa. The fact he played junior hockey with Brad Richards in Rimouski is a real plus, as we believe there will be good chemistry between the two, and he knows how to win. For all of these reasons we feel strongly that Michel is the right fit for our hockey team.”

-- How about Scotty Gomez coming across the Hudson to play for the Blueshirts? ESPN.com says Gomez is off to the Rangers. So there you are.

-- Anyone else notice that the Panthers' 2006-07 calendar has Ed Belfour and Alex Auld sharing the month of June? Well, I found it humorous. Now, off to July with Mike Van Ryn and Steve Montador!

New Cats on the Block

Newkids The Panthers made two moves this afternoon, signing center Brett McLean from Colorado to a three-year deal, and also signing former Cap Richard Zednik to a two-year contract.

McLean, 28, scored 15 goals with 20 assists for the Avs last season and was a plus-8. In his three-plus year NHL career, McLean has played in 238 games and has 35 goals and 71 assists. Mclean_2

Dude is well traveled, playing for such minor league franchises as the Johnstown Chiefs, Hansons45the Cleveland Lumberjacks and the Houston Aeros. He started his NHL career with Chicago before going to the Avs as a free agent.

Zednik, 31, is a major-league veteran of 10 NHL seasons. Zednik made his NHL debut in 1996 with the Caps and spent parts of six seasons with Washington. Zednik has also played for Montreal and the Islanders.

Zednik was traded to the Islanders last year and in 42 combined games last year scored seven goals with 14 assists. Zednik has appeared in 48 playoff games, scoring 16 goals with 10 assists. In 621 career games, he has 168 goals and 152 assists. Zednik Zednik had wrist and groin problems that affected him, and he missed the Isles' last nine games of the 2006-07 season because of a family emergency in Slovakia.

Zednik has a knack for scoring when healthy, scoring 20 goals three times for the Canadiens, including a career-high 31 in 2002-03.

According to the Panthers, coach/GM Jacques Martin will be speaking to us later this afternoon. Word is, he's not done shopping just yet.

So far, he's found two inexpensive parts to the puzzle. According to TSN, Zednik will get $1.5 mil this season and $1.75 mil next year. McLean will get $1.7 million in each of the three years in his deal. 

(*) Take Todd White off Florida's list as he has reportedly signed with Southeast Division rival Atlanta. According to the AJC.com, the Thrashers signed White to a four-year deal worth $9.5 million. There had been word from inside the Panthers that Florida was only willing to give White a three-year

(*) Word is Todd Bertuzzi is still out there looking for a team. And no, this was not just a cheap way of sneaking in a new Bert picture. I'm not going to be that guy. No new Bert pictures today. Seriously.

(*) OK, here you go: Bertagain_3

Where Shopping is a Pleasure

Publix The bell whistled at noon today signaling the start of the NHL's free agency period.

There are plenty of names out there on the list, so let's get right to them. The NHL officially came out with the restricted and unrestricted list. To clear up any confusion, I'm also listing the compensation owed if a restricted free agent were to be signed to an offer sheet by another team and then allowed to go to that team by their former.

Confusing? Heck yeah. So, here's an example that I've heard may go down: Ottawa goalie Ray Emery is a RFA, but could be tendered an offer by the L.A. Kings for a lot more money. If he signs the offer sheet and Ottawa decides to let Emery walk, L.A. owes Ottawa a number of draft picks commiserate to how much offered Emery.

If L.A. offers Emery between $3.52-$4.69, the price is a first, second and third-round pick. If the deal is for more, it's two first rounders, a second and a third. If the contract is for more than %5.9 mil per season, the Kings owe four first round picks (and they need to see a psychiatrist pronto.)

Here is the compensation list:


$773,442 or below/None; Over $773,442 to $1,171,882/3rd; Over $1,171,882 to $2,343,765/2nd; Over $2,343,765 to $3,515,647/1st and 3rd; Over $3,515,647 to $4,687,530/1st, 2nd and 3rd; Over $4,687,530 to $5,859,412/Two 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Over $5,859,412/Four 1st

Here is the official list of RFAs sorted by team:

ANAHEIM: Bjorn Melin, Dustin Penner, Aaron Rome, Brandon Segal, Brett Skinner. ATLANTA: Garnet Exelby, Jesse Schultz, Jim Slater, Colin Stuart, Chris Thorburn. BOSTON: Jordan Sigalet, Dennis Wideman. BUFFALO: Nathan Paetsch, Daniel Paille, Andrew Peters, Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek.
CALGARY: Mark Giordano, Eric Godard, Tomi Maki, Curtis McElhinney, Eric Nystrom. CAROLINA: Anton Babchuk, Ryan Bayda, Tim Conboy, Michael Leighton. CHICAGO: Mike Brodeur, Jonas Nordqvist, Pierre Parenteau, Danny Richmond, Bruno St. Jacques, Martin St. Pierre, Jim Vandermeer, James Wisniewski. COLORADO: Marek Svatos, Tyler Weiman. COLUMBUS: Curtis Glencross, Steven Goertzen, Joakim Lindstrom, Andrew Murray, Raffaele Sannitz, Alexander Svitov, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen. DALLAS: Marius Holtet, Jussi Jokinen, Junior Lessard, Joel Lundqvist, Antti Miettinen, Mike Ribeiro. DETROIT: Eric Himelfarb, Jiri Hudler, Logan Koopmans, Stefan Liv, Derek Meech. EDMONTON: Kyle Brodziak, Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, Matt Greene, Alexei Mikhnov, Brock Radunske, Mathieu Roy, Raffi Torres. FLORIDA: Rob Globke, Kamil Kreps, Steve Montador, Janis Sprukts, Stephen Weiss, Noah
LOS ANGELES: Mike Cammalleri, Petr Kanko, Jason LaBarbera, Richard Petiot, Matt Ryan,
John Zeiler. MINNESOTA: Derek Boogaard, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kurtis Foster, Matt Foy, Josh
Harding, Erik Reitz, Nick Schultz, Aaron Voros, Joel Ward. MONTREAL: Andrew Archer, Andre Benoit, Mathieu Biron, Jean-Philippe Cote, Yann Danis, Jonathan Ferland, Josh Gorges, Corey Locke, Duncan Milroy, Alexander Perezhogin, Tomas Plekanec, Michael Ryder, Cory Urquhart. NASHVILLE: Matt Ellison, Vernon Fiddler, Alex Henry, Darcy Hordichuk, Kevin Klein, Ville Koistinen, Greg Zanon.

NEW JERSEY: Frank Doyle, Cam Janssen, Paul Martin, Justin Papineau, Zach Parise, Thomas
Pihlman, Jason Ryznar. NEW YORK ISLANDERS: Chris Campoli, Drew Fata, Trent Hunter, Steve Regier. NEW YORK RANGERS: Sean Avery, Marcel Hossa, Jarkko Immonen, Bryce Lampman, David Liffiton,
Henrik Lundqvist, Petr Prucha. OTTAWA: Michal Barinka, Danny Bois, Ray Emery, Chris Kelly, Oleg Saprykin, Christoph Schubert. PHILADELPHIA: Scott Munroe, Darren Reid. PHOENIX: Keith Ballard, Brendan Bell, Josh Gratton, Matt Jones, David LeNeveu, Joel Perrault. PITTSBURGH: Colby Armstrong, Tim Brent, Erik Christensen, Ryan Lannon, Maxime Talbot, Ryan Whitney. ST. LOUIS: Jason Bacashihua, Mike Glumac, Barret Jackman, Dwayne King, Charles Linglet, Yan Stastny, Lee Stempniak, Matt Walker, Jeff Woywitka. SAN JOSE: Riley Armstrong, Tom Cavanagh, Rob Davison, Mike Iggulden, Dimitri Patzold, Tomas Plihal, Craig Valette. TAMPA BAY: Ryan Craig, Mike Egener, Mitch Fritz, Paul Ranger, Karl Stewart. TORONTO: Jeremy Williams. VANCOUVER: Lukas Krajicek, Drew MacIntyre, Ryan Shannon. WASHINGTON: Steve Eminger, John Erskine, Tomas Fleischmann, Milan Jurcina, Jakub
Klepis, Brooks Laich, David Steckel, Brian Sutherby.


The following players have qualified for Group 3 Free Agency (age 28
or older or with at least seven Accrued Seasons) and are Unrestricted Free

ANAHEIM: Joe DiPenta, Trevor Gillies, Mark Hartigan, Ric Jackman, Brad May, Ian
Moran, Antti Jussi Niemi, Teemu Selanne, Shawn Thornton. ATLANTA: Eric Belanger, Eric Boulton, Yuri Butsayev, Andy Delmore, Greg De Vries, Pascal Dupuis, Shane Hnidy, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Cory Larose, Scott Mellanby, Jon Sim, Andy Sutton, J.P. Vigier. BOSTON: Bobby Allen, Nathan Dempsey, Jeff Hoggan, Jeremy Reich, Petr Tenkrat, Jason York. BUFFALO: Daniel Briere, Ty Conklin, Chris Drury, Mikko Lehtonen, Teppo Numminen, Dainius Zubrus. CALGARY: Tony Amonte, Brad Ference, Jeff Friesen, Roman Hamrlik, Darren McCarty, Jamie McLennan, Byron Ritchie, Brad Stuart. CAROLINA: Jesse Boulerice, Anson Carter, David Tanabe, Josef Vasicek, Shane Willis. CHICAGO: Denis Arkhipov, Peter Bondra, Carl Corazzini, Jeff Hamilton, Michal Handzus, Michael Holmqvist, Reed Low, Craig MacDonald.
COLORADO: Patrice Brisebois, Ken Klee, Steve Konowalchuk, Antti Laaksonen, Brett McLean, Mark Rycroft, Pierre Turgeon, Ossi Vaananen. COLUMBUS: Bryan Berard, Brian Boucher, Anders Eriksson, Paul Manning, Jamie Pushor, Martin Spanhel, Derrick Walser. DALLAS: Matthew Barnaby, Jon Klemm, Alexei Komarov, Eric Lindros, Ladislav Nagy, Patrik Stefan, Darryl Sydor. DETROIT: Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Brooks, Kyle Calder, Jiri Fischer, Dominik Hasek, Matt Hussey, Robert Lang, Josh Langfeld, Danny Markov, Brad Norton, Mathieu Schneider, Dan Smith. EDMONTON: Jan Hejda, Jussi Markkanen, Petr Nedved, Toby Petersen, Petr Sykora, Daniel Tjarnqvist. FLORIDA: Ed Belfour, Martin Gelinas, Jean-Marc Pelletier, Dmitri Tolkunov, Ari Vallin. LOS ANGELES: Sean Burke, Noah Clarke, Mathieu Garon, Jamie Heward, Tom Kostopoulos, Aaron Miller, Marty Murray, Mike Weaver. MINNESOTA: Mika Hannula, Jason Morgan, Peter Ratchuk, Wyatt Smith, Wes Walz, Todd White. MONTREAL: David Aebischer, Radek Bonk, Aaron Downey, Mike Johnson, Janne Niinimaa, Sheldon Souray. NASHVILLE: Marian Cisar, Peter Forsberg, Karl Goehring, Paul Kariya, Patrick Leahy, Scott Nichol, Pavel Skrbek, Kim Staal, Vitaly Vishnevski. NEW JERSEY: Alex Brooks, Scott Clemmensen, Jim Dowd, Jim Fahey, Scott Gomez, Dan
Lacouture, Brad Lukowich, Grant Marshall, Dan McGillis, Alexander Mogilny, Brian Rafalski, Erik Rasmussen, Jason Wiemer.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS: Arron Asham, Rick Berry, Jason Blake, Eric Boguniecki, Joel Bouchard, Mike Dunham, Peter Ferraro, Sean Hill, Evgeny Korolev, Viktor Kozlov, Tom Poti, Deron Quint, Randy Robitaille, Chris Simon, Todd Simpson, Ryan Smyth, Dimitri Upper, Richard Zednik. NEW YORK RANGERS: Brad Isbister, Michael Nylander, Jed Ortmeyer, Sandis Ozolinsh, Martin
Richter, Brendan Shanahan, Jason Strudwick, Kevin Weekes.  OTTAWA: Jamie Allison, Mike Comrie, Konstantin Gorovikov, Brian Maloney, Serge Payer, Tom Preissing. PHILADELPHIA: Mark Cullen, Niko Dimitrakos, Robert Esche, Todd Fedoruk, Denis Hamel, Scott Hartnell, Eric Meloche, Brad Tapper, Mike York. PHOENIX: Curtis Joseph, Owen Nolan, Pascal Rheaume, Mike Ricci, Jeremy Roenick. PITTSBURGH: Wade Brookbank, Eric Cairns, Nils Ekman, Joel Kwiatkowski, Richard Lintner, Josef Melichar, Alain Nasreddine, Niklas Nordgren, Ronald Petrovicky, Rob Scuderi, Jocelyn Thibault. ST. LOUIS: Radek Dvorak, Glen Metropolit, Ville Nieminen, Vladimir Orszagh, Michel Riesen, Jamie Rivers, Daniel Tkaczuk, Andrei Troschinsky. SAN JOSE: Mathieu Darche, Scott Ferguson, Bill Guerin, Scott Hannan, Vladimir Malakhov, Mark Smith, Patrick Traverse. TAMPA BAY: Daniel Corso, Rob DiMaio, Ruslan Fedotenko, Sascha Goc, Eric Healey, Eric Perrin, Marek Posmyk, Nolan Pratt, Luke Richardson, Cory Sarich, Eero Somervuori. TORONTO: J.S. Aubin, Bates Battaglia, Brad Brown, Travis Green, Pierre Hedin, Marc Moro, Tyson Nash, Jeff O'Neill, Michael Peca, Yanic Perreault, Karel Pilar. VANCOUVER:
Jan Bulis, Rory Fitzpatrick, Wade Flaherty, Lee Goren, Josh Green, Trevor Linden, Mika Noronen, Tommi Santala, Bryan Smolinski, Brent Sopel, Yannick Tremblay. WASHINGTON: Andy Hedlund, Quintin Laing, Bryan Muir, Pete Vandermeer.


The following players were not tendered a qualifying offer and are
therefore Unrestricted Free Agents not subject to a right to match or draft
choice compensation.

ANAHEIM: Sebastien Caron, Nathan Marsters, David McKee, Doug O'Brien. ATLANTA: David Caruso, Andre Deveaux, Michael Garnett, Lane Manson, Brad Schell, Adam Smyth. BOSTON: Dennis Packard, Philippe Sauve. BUFFALO: Adam Berkhoel. CALGARY: Richie Regehr, Justin Taylor. CAROLINA: Vince Bellissimo, Kevin Estrada, Craig Kowalski, Stephen Peat. CHICAGO: Nikita Alexeev, Alexander Kojevnikov. COLORADO: Ryan Steeves, David Svagrovsky. COLUMBUS: Jaroslav Balastik, Ryan Caldwell, Janne Hauhtonen, Aaron Johnson, Tomas Kloucek, Tim Konsorada. DALLAS: Yared Hagos. DETROIT:
Krystofer Kolanos. EDMONTON: Brad Winchester. FLORIDA: Alex Auld, Greg Jacina, Dustin Johner, Juraj Kolnik, Alexei Semenov, Jeremy Swanson. LOS ANGELES: Barry Brust, Yutaka Fukufuji, Greg Hogeboom, Jamie Lundmark, Joey Mormina, Shay Stephenson. MINNESOTA: Adam Hall, Mike Madill, Mark Rooneem, Ryan Stokes, Mattias Weinhandl. MONTREAL: Michael Lambert. NASHVILLE: Ramzi Abid, Paul Brown, Chris Durno, Daniel Widing. NEW JERSEY: Tomas Harant, Bryan Miller, John Oduya.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS: Brandon Cullen, Johan Halvardsson, Andy Hilbert, Billy Thompson. NEW YORK RANGERS: Lee Falardeau, Dwight Helminen, Karel Rachunek, Jake Taylor. OTTAWA: Kelly Guard, Matt Koalska, Neil Komadoski, Grant Potulny, Bobby Robins, Ryan Vesce. PHILADELPHIA: Dimitri Afanasenkov, David Printz, Rosario Ruggeri. PHOENIX: Joe Callahan, Randall Gelech, Jakub Koreis, Lance Monych, Matthew Spiller, Jeff Taffe. PITTSBURGH: Michel Ouellet, Andrew Penner. ST. LOUIS:
Chris Beckford-Tseu, Jon DiSalvatore, Magnus Kahnberg, Doug Lynch, Aaron MacKenzie, Ryan Ramsay, Curtis Sanford, Patrick Wellar. SAN JOSE: Michal Macho, Glenn Olson. TAMPA BAY: Morgan Cey, Brady Greco, Adam Henrich, Doug Janik, John Toffey. TORONTO: Dominic D'Amour, Todd Ford, Tyson Marsh, Chris St. Jacques. VANCOUVER: Tyler Bouck, Prestin Ryan. WASHINGTON: Kris Beech, Trevor Byrne, Maxime Daigneault, Jonas Johansson, Jiri Novotny, Louis Robitaille, Matt Stefanishion, Joey Tenute.

The following players qualify for unrestricted free agency, having met the requirements for Group 6 free agency. These players, whose contracts have expired, are age 25 or older, have completed three or more professional seasons, and (i) in the case of a player other than a goaltender, have played less than 80 NHL games (regular-season and playoff), or (ii) in the case of a goaltender, have played less than 28 NHL games (regular-season and playoff).

ANAHEIM: Joe Motzko. ATLANTA: Derek MacKenzie. BOSTON: Brian Finley, Jay Leach, Joey MacDonald. BUFFALO: Timo Helbling, Michael Ryan. CAROLINA: Scott Kelman. COLORADO: Matt Murley. DALLAS:
Dan Ellis, Shane Endicott, Mike Green. DETROIT: Darryl Bootland. LOS ANGELES: Tim Jackman. MONTREAL: Dan Jancevski. NASHVILLE: Sheldon Brookbank, Nolan Yonkman. NEW JERSEY: Adrian Foster. NEW YORK ISLANDERS: Tomas Malec. NEW YORK RANGERS: Craig Weller. OTTAWA: Jeff Heerema, Cory Pecker. PHOENIX: Mike Morrison. PITTSBURGH: Matt Carkner, Micki Dupont, Libor Pivko, Nolan Schaefer, Wade Skolney. ST. LOUIS: Tomas Mojzis, Peter Sejna, Mike Stuart. SAN JOSE:
Garrett Stafford, Grant Stevenson. TAMPA BAY: Stephen Baby, Joe Rullier. TORONTO: Brad Leeb, Jean-Francois Racine, Aleksander Suglobov. VANCOUVER: Brandon Reid, Dany Sabourin, Nathan Smith. WASHINGTON: Alexandre Giroux, Chad Wiseman.