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Olli Unhappy, On the Block?

OlliWell we must be getting close to the trading deadline because more rumors about Olli Jokinen's unrest in South Florida have surfaced.

The most recent report comes from CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. According to reports given to me (I didn't watch HNIC because I was covering the Panthers in Washington), it was dropped that Olli and JM don't get along -- Olli apparently hates Jacques -- and a trade is coming.

Surprisingly, the main teams who would be interested in Olli, the report states, are Canadian teams.

Now, I'm not saying Olli isn't unhappy with the current state of the Panthers right now. In fact, I'd be disappointed in him if he wasn't. But I don't think Olli and the Panthers are ready to part ways just yet. I think Olli has too much invested in this franchise and market -- and the team is too close to first place in a sorry division -- for him to bail now.

That said, if Olli goes to JM and asks to be traded, I think JM should and will grant the request. The Panthers could get a lot for their captain on a fairly open market, and I say open because Olli comes with a contract. He's not a rental for some team so Florida theoretically would get more.

I don't think Olli and JM are best of friends, but then, I don't think JM has many 'best' friends inside this business. He has pals, buddies, but nothing serious. JM is a very close-guarded guy, very private. So too, in a way, is Olli. The only guys I know he's really friendly with over the years are Nate Horton and Roberto Luongo -- and I think his friendship with Louie really got going after he was traded away.

Olli is always reportedly going somewhere, yet he never does.

No sport loves its rumors more than hockey, no sport treats pure speculation as gospel more.

Everyone just needs to relax. Olli isn't going anywhere, at least not in the near future. Not unless JM was offered the sun and the moon, and Olli really wants to leave. I just don't think either side is all that desperate to make a move like this.

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george - how about trading jacques?

george - how about trading jacques?

I agree. Get rid of Martin.

He's a cold fish who's killing the joy of the game for his own players. If Ollie's had his fill of Martin, that can only mean the rest don't like him, either. It makes sense because Ollie's patience and class under pressure playing for this team is unrivaled to any Captain before him.

Martin can't inspire this team to win. He's tried everything. He's a passionless man surrounded by seriously talented kids that he just can't motivate with 2 1/2 seasons already behind us. Take your 500 wins and get outta here. Give the job to Kitchen. He's got blood running through his veins.

Losing Oliie, after everything we've been through with him, for the sake of this past-his-prime head coach would be unforgivable. That team will never see another dime outta me.

JM needs to step down as coach and hand the riegns over to someone else. Not because the game has passed him by, because unless you are winning the same old song starts to fall on deaf ears.

The two biggest turnaround teams this season are the Atlanta Thrashers (10-1 drubbing aside) and the Washington Capitals. The correlation:


BOTH TEAMS FIRED THEIR COACHES AND BROUGHT IN A NEW PERSPECTIVE WITH A NEW COACH.

Now I will say that Hartley certainly had a winning track record, much moreso than Hanlon, but the fact is both teams only turned it around when new coaches came in and brought in a breath of fresh air. The other big point is that in Washington, Beaudroux (spelling?) also came in and took the defenseive mindset that Hanlon had on the team, and apparently loosened up the reigns. At least that is what the reporters from NHL Networks On The Fly kept talking about.


Seems to me thats what this team needs. More creativity and less restrictive mindset. Last year as maddeningly inconsistant as we were, by this time in the season we had several games where we scored 6,7, or even 8 goals in a game. I cannot remember a single game that we even reached 6 w/o an EN goal.

Actually I just checked it happened once against TB and even in that game we let a 4 goal lead disappear before pulling it out.

So tell me are Belfour,Gratton, Gelinas, Kolnick, and Roberts that much better thanT-Vo, MacLean, Dvorak, Booth, and Zednick (these are the guys I think are the replacements) or has the "core of the team" simply tuned out the coach, and simply are playing to get him fired at this point. Heck it worked for Atlanta, they got Hartley out and Waddel stepped in and they are a new team. Freaking Hanlon got canned on Xmas Day for Cripes sake, did not see to many tears from the Caps players that night. Heck they are playing better than .600 hockey since the change.


What the heck is it going to take for someone in the front office to see it. Somehow JM needs to be made aware of it sooner rather than later. Otherwise think he is risking both of his jobs and I think that would be a real shame. Because I think he has and will do well as a GM from this point on.

Olli isn't going anywhere. He is a Panther from within. However as for JM He does have to go, especially now that there is talk that the asst in Detroit might be available soon. We need a coach the guys can believe in, One who also stresses a bit more physical play. The Cats play hockey like a basketball team where if you bump someone you might get called for it. This is a physical game and the Cats need to play like it. Horton showed that physical side earlier in the season as did Zednik. I think having Matthias on the 1 line now will spark up the offense, now we just need T-Vo to block the net as he did earlier in the season, if not let him sit a few games. After seeing Anderson in NJ I think he might want the wins more. Its turning into a battle of wits between T-Vo and the Skaters it seems. Its just to obvious when he seems to let 3 greasy goals in a row in the first like he has in a few games since the Montreal game. Matthias lit a spark for the Cats in NJ it seemed after lighting the lamp twice in just a blink of the eye. New coach, New GM, and a goalie who cares again and we can smell the playoffs regularly.

Last but not least stop the parades to the box. Parades are for holidays, not for the penalty box.

We have such a talented and fast bunch of guys in Booth, Dvorak, Jokinen, McLean, Olesz, Zednik, Matthias, Bouwmeester, Allen, Montador ETC. Now lets not play like 20 talented guys, lets play like 1 Team of talented guys.

George,
The team has tuned Martin out. I think when a roundtable discussion on HNIC states that a teams Captain "hates" playing for the coach, and that the New Jersey Devils were scouting you..those are pretty strong statements made on a nationwide telecast.

If Martin trades Olli, following all these other boneead moves made here..PLUS the fact that Frolik may re-enter the draft since he's NOT signed...I REALLY want to hear what kind of SPIN you'll put on that turd..

I'll be watching my friend.

This organization is mismanaged from the top to the bottom. The owner, although a very nice guy, has absolutely no clue as to what it takes to build a winning franchise. He is a self-defined "fan". This organization has, as said by their "used car salesman" president Yormark, a "sales first mentality". Unfortunately, a professional sports franchise is not run on the same business model as your local Kinko's. When the culture within the organization is sell, sell, sell your multi million dollar athletes; which are the stars of the show, get shuffled down the list of importance. When you don't take care of the biggest investment in your business, they won't take care of you. You are therefore relegated to overspending for second tier talent, because the first level talent won't come here. Dvorak, Zednik, etc were available because no other team wanted them. Just look at the professional sports franchises that are successful year after year and you will see the common denominator of owners that know how to take care of their player's. Player's will come to teams where they know they, and their families, will be taken care of. And believe me the word spreads very quickly through the NHL, on how bad things are in Florida. This team has already stopped playing and we aren't even at the all-star break yet. Come on !! Are you telling me Horton, Jokinen, Weiss give 100% effort every night? If you think so you know nothing about hockey. Hmmm, thats strange, I think the owner believe these guys play hard every night. My point exactly.

This organization is mismanaged from the top to the bottom. The owner, although a very nice guy, has absolutely no clue as to what it takes to build a winning franchise. He is a self-defined "fan". This organization has, as said by their "used car salesman" president Yormark, a "sales first mentality". Unfortunately, a professional sports franchise is not run on the same business model as your local Kinko's. When the culture within the organization is sell, sell, sell your multi million dollar athletes; which are the stars of the show, get shuffled down the list of importance. When you don't take care of the biggest investment in your business, they won't take care of you. You are therefore relegated to overspending for second tier talent, because the first level talent won't come here. Dvorak, Zednik, etc were available because no other team wanted them. Just look at the professional sports franchises that are successful year after year and you will see the common denominator of owners that know how to take care of their player's. Player's will come to teams where they know they, and their families, will be taken care of. And believe me the word spreads very quickly through the NHL, on how bad things are in Florida. This team has already stopped playing and we aren't even at the all-star break yet. Come on !! Are you telling me Horton, Jokinen, Weiss give 100% effort every night? If you think so you know nothing about hockey. Hmmm, thats strange, I think the owner believe these guys play hard every night. My point exactly.

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