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The Last Dance: Washington Capitals @ Florida Panthers ... Peltonen/Dvorak Back? ... Booth MVP ... Vokoun IN

Finalesign The Panthers had their last morning skate of the season earlier today, with coach Pete DeBoer saying it's tough going through the motions 'when you don't have a horse in the race.'

With a win tonight and losses by the Rangers and Canadiens, Florida would end up tied for seventh in the East yet still stay home.

'That's tough,' Radek Dvorak said.

-- Stephen Weiss will not play for Team Canada at the Worlds because he needs wrist surgery after the season.
Ville Peltonen and Dvorak, free agents both, say they want to come back next season.

Word was Peltonen was thinking about going back to play in Europe next season, but he said today he wants to play in the NHL and he wants to do so with the Panthers.

Dvorak says the Panthers are real close and he wants to be part of the playoffs with the Panthers next season.

I think the Panthers want them back. We'll see.

-- Michael Frolik leaves to join the Czech national team on Tuesday.

-- Have to assume David Booth, Keith Ballard and Craig Anderson will be invited to play for Team USA at the Worlds. Would also think all three would accept unless there is some injury concerns.

-- The team's 2008-09 awards which will be handed out before the game:

MVP -- Booth
Defenseman -- Jay Bouwmeester
Three Star -- Tomas Vokoun.

-- Vokoun in net tonight.