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Panthers Add Some Offense: Dominic Moore Signs

Dominicmoore The Panthers added some scoring punch to their lineup Monday, signing free agent center Dominic Moore to a one-year deal worth over just $1 million.

Moore, 29, was an unrestricted free agent who hadn't found a home through training camp.

Florida general manager Randy Sexton said the Panthers had been talking to Moore's agent at times during the summer, but decided to make a firm offer after this past weekend's series in Finland. In that two-game set against Chicago, the Panthers went 1-1, winning Friday's game 4-3 in a shootout before losing 4-0 the following night.

In those games, the Panthers were outshot 88-47, and won just 43 percent of faceoffs.

Moore won 54 percent of his faceoffs last season for Toronto and Buffalo.

"He brings several things that we've been trying to improve on," said Sexton after Monday's practice in Coral Springs. "He's good on faceoffs, and that's a key area of concern for us. . . . He's very good defensively and for me and Peter, that's critical. Guys have to play both sides of the ice."

The Panthers will have to shuffle some things on offense, but that seems fine with coach Pete DeBoer. Florida's top two lines appear set, with Moore looking to settle in as the third line center between Rostislav Olesz and Radek Dvorak. That would slip Gregory Campbell to the fourth line, where he could either center or most likely go back to wing alongside center Shawn Matthias and winger Kamil Kreps.

Ville Koistinen, who played on the fourth line in the opening two games, was back working with the defensemen on Monday.

"He's one of those guys who can only add to your team," said Campbell. "I think it's good for us. It adds depth. All teams have injuries unfortunately and he adds another dimension to our team, he adds grit."

Moore's best offensive season came last year when he scored 12 goals in 63 games with the Maple Leafs before being traded to Buffalo at the deadline. Moore didn't do much for the Sabres down the stretch, scoring one goal with three assists in 18 games.

In 305 NHL games, Moore has 35 goals with 65 assists. This is Moore's sixth NHL team, the Harvard grad starting with the Rangers in 2003 and since playing in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo and Florida.

Sexton said Moore was skating in the Boston area and would have to return to Canada to get immigration matters taken care of. DeBoer said he would be in the lineup Friday at Carolina -- even if he doesn't practice with the Panthers prior to that day's morning skate.

"It's great news and shows our ownership is committed to making sure we have an opportunity to be competitive in a tough conference," DeBoer said. "He's a guy who gives us some depth, a face off presence. He had a career year last year. I like his versatility."

-- The Panthers got to experience their new training facility for the first time on Monday. The $10 million expansion to Incredible Ice got rave reviews from players who enjoyed a full locker room, weight room and hot/cold pools at the facility for the first time.

"I got lost a couple of times," Kamil Kreps joked. "You need a map to get around here."

-- Injured winger Nick Tarnasky was at the facility Monday although there is no real update on his status. Tarnasky, who fractured an orbital bone in a fight with Ottawa's Chris Neil on Sept. 15, says he hasn't begun skating again.

-- Former Florida goalie Craig Anderson was the NHL's second star of opening week after the Colorado netminder stopped 73 of 74 shots faced in leading the Avs to a pair of wins.

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Winning faceoffs is huge. Panthers spend too much time on defense because they don't win enough faceoffs. Win a faceoff and you are on the attack. Those that don't follow hockey much may look at his goals and think this guy isn't that good but if he can win a faceoff and get the puck to a goal scorer he is worth his salary. The more faceoffs a team wins, the more they are on the offense. This is a good signing.

The team acquires another former Leaf. At least this one won't pull a Kilger.

The Panthers could always use a faceoff guy, and this firms up the depth chart at center. If he pots 15 as a third or fourth liner, that's pretty good.

Now if they could just get a scoring superstar. Maybe some picks for Kovalchuk?

That's Antropov in your picture btw.

A signing yes but only someone nobody else wanted. If so he would of signed much earlier in free agency. We don't need another 15 goal scorer frm the 3rd/4th line

This is a good signing. Great news in face-off cirle and I watched this guy in Toronto. He reminds me of Booth withouth the scoring touch. He works really really hard and never takes a shift off. . . Thats what we need right now.

This is a good signing by the panthers. This solidify's the center position, and should improve puck possession drastically. He also add's some scoring. Definitely a good pick up.

At least they didn't say he "adds speed and character in the locker room". I think Sexton was looking forward to making another signing as the full time GM. I can't say I was familiar with him before, but all of the reviews seem great. Faceoffs are a big plus.

Wow, Sexton did something unPantherlike. He made a signing when things looked bad in Finland. That's something, and is somewhat of an improvement.

Panthers still need a scorer, but much to the dislike of many including myself, this player can only be acquired in a trade. What do the Panthers have to trade, nothing except overpriced several overpriced average players such a Olsez and Horton. When are they going to drop Horton to the third line and bring Frolik up to the first?

We're gonna regret not re-signing Anderson

did Horton play in Finland or was he just skating around as usual. it is time to put him on the 2nd or 3rd line unless he wants to play, if he had Booth's heart he would be a top five player in this league

It's interesting to note that our 4th line would be comprised of all centers.

It sounds like they need to sign some more players....

G, Did Dominic Moore bring his toys with him??

It took a while, but this is a nice depth signing... Just curious, did Sexton not have permission to make this move prior to him being signed on as the GM??

Either way, it makes the team deeper..Nothing against Campbell as he's a solid hustler, but I don't think there's anyway he was going to put up numbers like he had last year.. Coach PDB made some rather unrealistic comments that many of the guys from last year would have to put up even better numbers this year...While it may be one way to psychologically instill confidence in some guys, I'm sure even he believes that wasn't REALLY going to happen.. So a nice insurance signing..

I still think they should have some sort of enforer.. Even if the guy only played 40 games a year, it sounds like many of the younger guys appreciated having Belak around.. They teased us before with Chris Neil, Colton Orr rumors, but never come through.. It's not fair to ask guys like Tarnasky, Campbell, Monty to be your enforcer...I realize we'll never be able to match other teams top-line scoring, so we need to try to make up some of it with depth scoring from the 3rd and 4th lines, but if teams like Philly can afford to carry all Cote, Carcillo, Lapierre, Pronger, etc...Then we should be able to get at least one... Riley Cote probably would be one of those guys that would be available. I say a 4th or 5th rounder sounds like a fair swap...

And yes once again we sit and wait for #16 to show us something...Trade value probably keeps dropping. I say try to catch a team like the 0-3 Luongos in panic mode, and get a nice return...I think they owe us some...

Dom Moore was really solid last year setting up Blake in Toronto. I think he will really be a boost to that 3rd line's scoring in addition to being a much better faceoff guy than our current best (Weiss). I can't complain about this signing, especially at 1.1 million.

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