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Big Surprise

KilgerSpoke to JM today, and he says he does not expect Chad Kilger to play for the Panthers this season.

Florida acquired Kilger from the Maple Leafs in the final minutes before the February trade deadline for a third round pick. Kilger never reported to the Panthers despite being with the Leafs in Fort Lauderdale, and was later suspended. The team says Kilger is dealing with undisclosed family issues, something that is apparently still unresolved.

“He’s still dealing with some personal issues, and at this point, I don’t think he’ll be playing,’’ Martin said. “We still hold his rights. He’s indicated to me that if he were to play, he’d want to play for us. We’re not the issue.’’

Will have more on this in tomorrow's Herald, so make sure you check in early.

-- On a more positive note, JM says he's spoken to both Richard Zednik and trainer David Zenobi and the reports are Zednik is doing a lot of physical work and is expected to be in good shape when training camp kicks off. Zednik has been skating, and JM says the team is expecting a good season out of the veteran. Zednik, as everyone remembers, was hit in the neck by Olli Jokinen's errant skate on Feb. 10 in Buffalo and missed the remainder of the season.

-- Drew Larman has been tendered a qualifying offer, although he and his agent have not accepted it. JM says this is no cause of concern, and a deal will get done in the coming weeks.

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I was expecting this. JM basically gave away our 3rd round pick for zero, zip, nada.
Nice going JM!

Tell Larman NOT to accept the offer. He stunk here last year and we'd rather have an established AHL veteran here than this waste of time.

bad break on kilger. did they not do their homework before that deal? a 3rd rounder was too high for him anyway. what a strange dude...throwing away all that money. any news on bouwmeester??

I'm glad that Zednik is doing well. I was watching that Buffalo game and seriously thought the guy might be done for.

Glad Zednik is doing well and will be ready for training camp. We hope Zednik has a kick-butt year, because man, we'll need his offense now that Ollie's gone!

Yeah, tell Drew Larman not to accept the qualifying offer; or any offer. We don't need him taking a roster spot from someone else.

BTW- Parrish is still available. Tell JM that SoFla fans want to bring back Parrish if it works within the budget. We can use the money that we're saving from Kilger and Larman and spend it elsewhere. And we know that JM listens to you (George) and reads your columns / blogs!

We're starving for hockey news so keep on writing! Thanks.

Here's your news on Bouwmeester - he signed a 1 year deal. Period. Probably not going to hear anything for a long time on that front.

Bad break on Kilger, but it was defintely worth the gamble. For only 700k/yr, he would have been a worth addition--especially because he is also a gritty guy. Not like everybody's buddy Zednik. Yes I am glad he is healthy, but I'd take Kilger's 15 over Zednik's 17 or 18 anyday...He is way too steaky for me. He scores for a few games, then takes 20 off. Also, he doesn't check, kill penalties, and makes probably 2 or 3 times as much as Kilger. I don't have anything major against Zednik, except I just don't think he is a good fit for this team. It was a tough break last year with Olli and the injury because Zednik and the team were getting hot, but that stuff happens......
It seems there are some legit offers coming for J-Bo. I didn't think that many people would offer that much because he is only signed for one year, but apparently teams are willing to take the gamble, or are convinced they can or only will trade him if he signs long term....One rumor showed Philly possibly offering Upshall, Downie, and Randy Jones. I'll take that 3 for 1 offer, 2 regulars and a role player, rather than risl losing him at the end of the year....Also Toronto may have interest and it would be nice to have Edmonton put a package together for their hometown boy...They always seem to be involved in the free trade market...

Bad break on Kilger, but it was defintely worth the gamble. For only 700k/yr, he would have been a worth addition--especially because he is also a gritty guy. Not like everybody's buddy Zednik. Yes I am glad he is healthy, but I'd take Kilger's 15 over Zednik's 17 or 18 anyday...He is way too steaky for me. He scores for a few games, then takes 20 off. Also, he doesn't check, kill penalties, and makes probably 2 or 3 times as much as Kilger. I don't have anything major against Zednik, except I just don't think he is a good fit for this team. It was a tough break last year with Olli and the injury because Zednik and the team were getting hot, but that stuff happens......
It seems there are some legit offers coming for J-Bo. I didn't think that many people would offer that much because he is only signed for one year, but apparently teams are willing to take the gamble, or are convinced they can or only will trade him if he signs long term....One rumor showed Philly possibly offering Upshall, Downie, and Randy Jones. I'll take that 3 for 1 offer, 2 regulars and a role player, rather than risl losing him at the end of the year....Also Toronto may have interest and it would be nice to have Edmonton put a package together for their hometown boy...They always seem to be involved in the free trade market...

Hey JR. Any idea why the negative comments about the youngster Drew Larman? Sounded like he played well when he was called up the past two seasons despite limited ice time (though that's quite understandable for a call-up). Heard he had an okay season in Rochester despite being hampered by some injuries. Was even named as a Co-Captain so he must at least have been well thought of by the coaches and management up there. I know they had a poor season so maybe that has some of their fans pretty steamed. Thanks for all of the updates and keep up the good work.

Gee Chad,

I really don't know what your problem is...However, maybe a massage would make you feel better!

It's really too bad Chad got caught having sex with the Leaf's (former?) massage therapist. He now has to forgo his potential earnings to try and patch things up with his wife. Bad break for the Panthers.

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