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Randy Sexton: GM of the RMS Panthers ... Florida has 13 goals in 11 games; Ties a (bad) Franchise Record

Titanic

RALEIGH -- The Panthers held a closed door meeting after Tuesday's game and, well, why not.

Captain Bryan McCabe gave us the old "what stays in Vegas" line when we asked what was said, but you could be assured the meeting wasn't about what the fellas had planned for their lady friends of Valentines.

It was an ugly, smelly room without a single smile.

Did the Panthers hit rock bottom today? Maybe.

Heck, even their general manager used a Titanic reference when talking about making changes to the roster.

“It is brutal,’’ Randy Sexton spat after Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes at RBC Center.

“It was [expletive] brutal. We have too many guys who don’t compete. You can’t win in this game unless you’re ready to show up and go to war every night. We don’t have enough of them. .-.-. This is not type of team we want. We’re going to keep making changes until we get that. It takes time.

“It’s like turning around the Titanic and not a rowboat.’’

The Panthers offensive woes could lead to some trades either before this weekend’s Olympic break or in the days immediately following it. The Panthers are playing with little passion and the team’s management seems fed up with it although Sexton said he wouldn’t make a trade just to say he made one. “That never works,’’ he said.

But, he countered “this isn’t going to last. If we can’t make deals at the deadline, I can tell you the guys you see out there now, this will be the last time you see a bunch of them together as a team.’’

Florida’s players, or at least some of them, seem tired of the losing as well.

The team held a closed door meeting following Tuesday’s loss – the team’s fourth straight and fifth in the past six games – as blame was easily passed around from locker to locker.

“Our goalie is giving us a chance to win every night and we’re not creating anything offensively as a team,’’ said captain Bryan McCabe, who wouldn’t divulge some of the things that were said in the meeting. “We’re not playing desperate, with that edge. We don’t have that right now. Beside our goaltender, we’re not accomplishing much out there. We need to pull together.’’

The only players who could be held blameless are goalies Tomas Vokoun and Scott Clemmensen: Vokoun because of his lights-out play and Clemmensen because he’s been on the bench for this entire span of poor play.

“This is too good a league and we’re not a good enough team to show up with our goalie and a handful of guys who want to play,’’ coach Pete DeBoer said. “We’ve had a lot of that lately.’’

The Panthers trailed 1-0 in the second period but was able to tie it up when former Carolina winger Cory Stillman scored. But the Hurricanes closed the period with a second goal and then got another in the third period.

The third goal was all but Florida’s death knell: The Panthers tied a franchise record for scoring futility as they have now gone 11 straight games with two goals or less. The last time that happened was in February 15-March 15, 2003.

In the four game losing streak, the Panthers have scored just four goals (Vokoun has given up 11). Florida has scored a grand total of 13 goals in its past 11 games.

“We,’’ Sexton said slowly, “need to compete a lot harder.’’

BACK WITH CATS

The Panthers recalled Victor Oreskovich on Tuesday, putting the big winger in the lineup for the first time since he was sent back to the minors last month.

Oreskovich, a rookie who quit hockey a few years back before returning this summer, once played for DeBoer in the Canadian juniors and was a physical presence when he initially came up. But, Oreskovich lost some of that physicality in the final stages of his initial 40 games with the Panthers and he was sent back to the minors.

“He has to play like he did when he first made the team,’’ said DeBoer. “Toward the end, when we sent him back, he got away from that.’’

(*) Carolina is now 3-0 against the Panthers on home ice and has outscored Florida 14-5 in those games. Florida is the only divisional team Carolina has a winning record against this season.

(*) Jets coach Rex Ryan was spotted in the stands wearing a Flyers jersey.

He did not flip anyone off, but he did switch to a Canes jersey when prodded by some lovely Caneiac ladies. 

I would be the last to poke fun, but it was not a Medium sized sweater.

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Great job with this George. Randy has to remember he had a chance to upgrade this team over the summer, and did...nothing.He is the captain of the titanic and he cleared the titanic to sail....

Killed me with the "R.M.S." thing.

TRIVIAL MOMENT: Hartford's own JP Morgan was scheduled to utilize Rose's suite on that trip. Didn't make it: terminal acne or something.

I can't take the lip service anymore - will someone tell these guys simply TALKING about commitment to excellence and holding your breath will not fix the problems.

BLOW THIS TEAM UP.

Keep changing those lines with all the aging 57 chevys you have signed.We should rename the bank atlantic center the nursing home on ice-The Panthers should acquire the services of Fumble,Bumble and Stumble attys at law to file suit against players who are not performing.Wow those tickets they gave to True Blue season ticket renewers look like they are going to be a real bonanza-I would rather have the 10 dollar windbreaker from last year.Another sleazy move by Yormark the deceptive promoter.This has degenerated into a total joke.Signing no goal Reinprecht,the finnish paper boy Koistenen,and Swiss cheese Clemensen look great now!Olesz should go for a hands makeover or a skill contest in the special olympics.

BLOW THIS TEAM UP.

Oh well, like anyone believed that Deboer shuffling lines would change the offense struggles of the Panthers. Plus, teams are playing in desperation mode right now to gear up for the break and the playoff push.

Hopefully, Sexton has a plan to get rid of the many underachievers on this team. At least we have a few decent players on our team that can be built around with Vokoun, Weiss, Booth, HOrton, Ballard, Frolik, and Kulikov. I just hope that Sexton keeps the team young and does not pickup any more 37 yr old journeyman in hopes of making the playoffs. This team needs to stay young and acquire draft picks/prospects especially since Rochester does not have the scoring talent to replenish our roster in three years. Only drafted Panther player in Rochester with 15 or more goals is Repik.

you mean Sexton finally realizes what Panther fans have known for years, we have a team with little talent and a team that refuses to work or go into the areas necessary to create real scoring chances and then goals.

don't look now but Carolina is only 6 points behind the Panthers.

as DeBoer said in the FSN show on Sexton you have to realize what your needs are and address them in the off season. Didn't happen, still no finishers.

It sounds like a broken record, panthers put themselves into a position to be in playoff contention and as soon as they get close they fade away.

This team only plays well when there is no pressure.

DeBoer says we need to make a run leading to the break and instead we lose 4 in a row, and the worse part is that we are not even competing.

The original panthers didn't have a lot of talent but at least you knew that they would be working hard.

The owners talk about accountability but there is no action behind the words.

the culture of the panthers has to change and that starts at the top with Yormark, Sexton and the scouts.

We need to actually scout people for their character as well as their ability.

We have had 10 years of drafting the wrong player, signing the wrong free agents and getting the short end of the stick with trades.

We also have 10 years of picking the wrong person to run the hockey operations.

We have Randy Sexton as GM, his claim to fame, drafting first overall Alexandre Daigle, the most overpaid and underachieving first overall pick in the history of hockey.

It is time for the owners to put action into their words.

Clean out the front office, get rid of Yormark, Sexton and your scouting staff.

Bring in people that can see the lack of talent and depth in the organization and allow them to build this franchise into a stanley cup contender.

At the rate we are going it will take longer than it took the New Orleans Saints to win a Super Bowl.

Realize that making the playoffs is not a goal, winning the playoffs is the goal. Don't make moves to get to the playoffs this year and then have us fall back.

Don't trade draft picks when you don't have depth. I like Vokoun but we overpaid with draft picks that have helped Nashville have depth in their system.

Trade your assets (the few that we have left) for multiple assets to bring depth to the team.

Don't sit back and do nothing and don't replace 30 somethings with 30 somethings.

We need to find a core to build this team around, the core is not Weiss and Horton.

After 5 years we should realize that these players are who they are, I like Weiss but he is a 2nd or 3rd line center.

Horton doesn't go into the scoring zones and doesn't show up often enough to be the go to guy.

New ownership it is time to hold your front office and scouts accountable for this substandard product you are putting on the ice.

No talent and no work effort equals the Florida Panthers and another year of no playoffs.

Give DeBoer the horses to have a chance to compete and win and stop selling the donkey as if it is a thoroughbred. The fans can see through the marketing of Yormark and the continued distruction of a franchise

Well said, Season Ticket Holder Since Day One.
-From another Season Ticket Holder Since Day One.

In a sad way, I am somewhat glad this is happening. Although we are not there YET, we need to hit rock bottom, for some changes to finally occur.

Hopefully, (not holding my breath), we will have a winning product next year.

Sexton has 9 deals in the works? Fire already... geez

Rumors are just that, rumors. We don't have the assets to make multiple deals. If you don't have a high priced forward than you keep the high priced goalie. Problem is, he's one of the only few if any assets. It doesn't matter what they do player wise unless you have the right people in place to run the organization. Getting draft picks means nothing to this present organization. You built up the middle. Goalie, center, defence. DeBoer is not the coach for this team. He's a junior coach, not even a minor league coach. Coaches like him who are sucessful coach teams like Pittsburg, Washington and Philadelphia, teams who have the horses and stars. We have neither. Blow it up, start from scratch, can't be any worse.

Doesn't matter if you turn around the Titanic...It's still the Titanic and will sink.

Actually, I think the scouts have done a great job picking up great goaltenders and defensemen. We have great depth at D with Ellerby, Garrison, etc. We also have Salak and Markstrom.

However, our scouting staff is TERRIBLE at picking up anything to do with the offense. Perhaps, the start needs to begin with scouting offensively. Let's face it, Kreps and Campbell are awful. Let's hope that the Panther do something about this problem before the next draft or picking up prospects.

P.S. Deboer is kidding himself if he thinks Sexton can get any consistent 20 goal scorer in free agency. Not going to happen, because only journeymen want to come to Florida.

It was just down right disgraceful to watch that game last night. There wasn't one point where you thought they would do what it takes to win the game. They tied it up and then Campbell makes a half block shot turn into a goal.

Get rid of the low lifes and send the Vets somewhere where they can make the playoffs and get us something in return. I feel bad for Vokoun to be playing in this mess. He shows commitment and starts training 1 month earlier and everyone else is just waiting for their April golf tee times.

DeBoer is a good coach...he's not the problem. The problem is the Panthers management with their history of uninspired drafts, terrible trades and reluctance to make any meaningful moves. Until we have mass changes on this team, DeBoer can re-arrange the lines all he wants...it will be like re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic.

Even our fights sucked!

Guys its not that bad. just look at our upcoming schedual. we have Michael Buble', and a blue collar comedy tour. and dont forget our new pillar partner is Jet Blue.
maybe yormark can sign the blue man group to form our first line. JUST THINK OF THE POSSIBLITIES so I say again. nothing is wrong and things are looking up at THE CENTER OF IT ALL!

Dont forget we also have a new third BLUE jersey and a TRU BLUE Renewal campaign. yess'er things are mighty fine here in panther land.
and for the record the last couple of games didnt blow they BLUE.

funny that Sexton uses a Titanic line yet he only has a row boat of a team and expects Titanic results

The panthers have been playing so poorly that I find myself doing laundry or surfing the web when the game is on, and not really caring what happens. Sad. Sad.

Sexton is getting Titanic results, they are sinking fast! With Cohen trying to sell last season Sexton couldn't go out and sign or trade for a big time scorer. His hands were tied while the team was in limbo. DeBoer hasn't proven he is a good coach but since he hasn't had much to work with the jury is still out. I agree with FLA Kittens that there is a base of players to build around. So since we are riding the Titanic let's make the best of it and trade the UFAs and try and get a top pick in the upcoming draft. I would rather sink to the bottom and get a good lottery pick than float in the middle and miss out on a couple of very good early draft picks.

"Either DeBoer and assistants Jim Hulton and Mike Kitchen are so far into genius realm that their troops can't keep up, or - more likely - the club has tuned them out, presumably fatigued with the as-yet ineffective "systems". In any case, it's not working." (Nuff Said)!!
Credit: Donny Rivette

Pete DeBoer OHL Jr. Hockey Coach>NHL Head Coach. Go figure……………….

As scary as this this may sound, Amerks stated that Sexton was up in ROchester last week to talk about normal stuff. Although, it is very unusual for him to make a PERSONAL trip there. Rumors are that Amerks wishlist are two physical defensemen for next season. Knowing the Panthers, we will probably pickup two prospects that fit this description for Leopold or Seidenberg. Either that or Sexton was there to say that they are bringing up all the kids permamently due to these supposed 9 trades that he has in the works.

MAYBE THE "TRADES" HE'S TALKING ABOUT ARE
NINE PANTHERS FOR NINE AMERKS.

I don't know what authority Sexton had to go after a Mike Cammellari last summer when Cohen was still holding the purse strings, so all the moves he made were minor ones - Rhino, Koistinen, Leopold, etc. However, holding Rhino out to be the missing #2 center and Koistinen as a top 4 defenseman was absolutely bogus. Sexton did try to talk to Koivu's agent but he was already set to play in Anaheim with his Finnish buddy Selanne. So hey, he gets an A for effort (sarcasm). At least he drafted Kuli and that was a good move. Signing Seidenberg has panned out too.

I think McCabe's comments were exactly what we've been saying, except he didn't pin it on the forwards which is the truth. The defense has played well and Vokoun would be an MVP/Vezina candidate but for playing on this team. The forwards have been a problem for a long time now, yet the organization believes Steven Reinprecht was the key? Jeebus.

Enough talk, this offseason we need to build around Horton/Weiss/Booth instead of putting the entire team's scoring on them. We have zero prospects in our system that are 1st line material at forward. ZERO. We'll be lucky if Matthias becomes a good grinder or 3rd liner at this point. This organization needs to do something, whether now or in the offseason, b/c I can't imagine them selling the season ticket holders on this crap much longer.

GR, I heard that Olesz broke his hand...is that true??

They actually lost 4-1.

what was worse to look at Rex Ryan's belly or the panthers?

Sexton's claim to fame is drafting and overpaying Alexandre Daige 1st overall.

Let's h6ope the new owners get a ligitimate GM before the draft or we are in trouble

Sexton is using "trade words" as an excuse to blow up the team, in part, to lower payroll. Panther fans are used to this, and normally, I would be pissed by a salary purge, but this current cast of characters is not worth watching lose night after night.

That's probably right about most of the Amerks coming up to replace Panther players. Especially now that Oslez broke his hand.

I wholeheartedly agree that the Panthers should reduce payroll because they are not a 54 million team for the results that they are getting. They certainly can dump 3 million dollar contracts like Oslez and Stillman. They should also consider trading Clemmenson for another goalie making less money to reduce payroll. As we know, Clemmenson is just going to sit on the bench what does it matter. Worst comes to worst, they bring up Salak from the AHL.

The one thing that they should do is try to resign Leopold or Seiedenberg right now because they need to stop rotating out 3 defenseman a year.

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