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Florida Panthers News: Tomas Vokoun NHL 1st Star ... Kenndal McArdle Waived ... Jason Garrison D-2-D


Nice honor for Tomas Vokoun today as he was named the NHL's First Star of the Week.

Marian Hossa and Ryan Getzlaf were also honored by the league. Here's the official NHL release:


        Vokoun stopped 89 of 91 shots in posting a 2-1-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage, highlighted by back-to-back shutouts. Vokoun turned aside 33 of 35 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 11, stopped 27 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames Oct. 14 and made 29 saves for his 40th career shutout as the Panthers blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-0 in the home opener at BankAtlantic Center Oct. 16. Vokoun improved to 2-2-0 on the season with a 1.26 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. Entering his fourth season in Florida after an eight-year stint with the Nashville Predators, Vokoun is one of just three active goaltenders to have posted 20-plus victories in each of the past seven seasons, joining Roberto Luongo and Marty Turco.


        Hossa recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in four games last week, helping the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks post a 3-1-0 record. Hossa scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres Oct. 11, registered an assist in a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators Oct. 13, recorded one goal and one assist in a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 15 and closed the week by recording one goal in a 4-3 win over the Sabres Oct. 16. The 31-year-old Stara Lubovna, Slovakia native leads all NHL scorers with nine points (five goals, four assists) and has recorded points in all six games -- his best start since 2000-01, when he recorded points in each of his first nine contests. Hossa missed the first 22 games in 2009-10 following off-season surgery.


        Getzlaf led all scorers last week with eight points (two goals, six assists) in four games as the Ducks posted a 2-1-1 record. The new Anaheim captain sparked his club to its first win of the season by recording a goal, three assists and a +2 rating in a 4-3 decision over the Vancouver Canucks in the home opener at Honda Center Oct. 13. He notched one goal and one assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta Thrashers Oct. 15 and closed the week by recording two assists and a +3 rating in a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Oct. 17. Getzlaf rose to fourth in the NHL scoring race with 2-6--8 in six games.

-- Winger Kenndal McArdle was placed on waivers today at noon so he has one day to clear. If he does, McArdle will be off to Rochester. You had to have seen this coming; McArdle only played in one of the first four games and got just over six minutes of time in that one.

If he's going to sit in the press box every night, he might as well go to Rochester and get some playing time. Just my opinion.The risk is, you might lose him in waivers. But at this point of the season, I would guess the Panthers feel that risk is minimal.

-- Defenseman Jason Garrison (groin) is being listed as day-to-day after being hurt on Saturday night.


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I'm still waiting for someone to comment on the confetti on Saturday.

what happened with confetti this time..i missed the game saturday

What about the confetti? Doesn't a 6-0 win call for some confetti? (I wasn't there either. I was out in the park with a bunch of hippies).

For those that missed it when they did some in arena promo the Panthers Patrol (I will ALWAYS call them that) shot off a small confetti cannon over the winner in the lower bowl. Unfortunately the AC system blew a bunch of the confetti over the glass onto the ice, causing a five minute or so delay.

Congrats to Vokoun. He has always played like a winner every game. Well deserved honor.

I'm sad to see McArdle on waivers, but he needed to be spectacular to stay up with the team. A goal would have helped his case.

McArdle is another first round bum pick by this organization. Him along with Stewart have been by far the worst first round picks this team has made with Olesz as a close 3rd. Please save the "ohh Olesz has 5 pts in 4 games" trust me, he'll do his usual 25 games without a point, it just hasn't come yet.

brian...you failed to mention petr taticek in your worst 1st rounders....i think he takes that distinction. but i am with you on mcardle...he doesn't really bring anything to the table imo.

Brian, you mean the Stewart who has 4 goals in 5 games for the Atlanta Thrashers? Florida gave up on him way too early and never gave him an opportunity to play on a scoring line. They wanted him to be a grinder which he is not.

And madcat, both Stewart and McArdle were late first round picks and in the NHL, that's a hit or miss draft position. Taticek, at number nine, is another story and clearly was a poor selection.

Brian from CT......Rusty is emerging into the player we allknew he could be ...trust me.

I think your all wrong about Mcardle! He showed some amazing skill last season before he was injured. I always compared his style of play to Booths. Both Mcardle and Booth started on the 4th line and now look at Booth! Mcardle is a very hard working, fast skating, grinding type of player who can drop the gloves and also has good hands. I think he'll show everyone he isn't a 1st round bust but he needs more than 6min in one single game.

There are always some late bloomers in the league to develop. Look at Knuble and Sharp. Sometimes players should stay in the AHL for a bit longer before making it up to the NHL.. Oslez might be that player. Maybe even McArdle.

don't forget Mike Brown, (who) yes he was a first round pick of the Florida Panthers in 1997 or 1999 Denis Shvidki.

We all know the panthers have a history of poor drafts, no player development, holding onto players too long, poor free agent signings.

This has lead to a decade of poor hockey where the management of the organization made hockey an afterthought to making money.

Hopefully, this has changed with Tallon and the attitude he is trying to develop where the country club days of the panthers are over and the team will work hard every game, get great goaltending and eventually have a finisher.

To me this is the expansion panthers part 2 where we could go to a game and know that we would have 19 guys working hard and as a team which leads to victories. Hopefully, management has learned from their mistakes and we will have a team that competes for the stanely cup for years to come and not have a team to make the playoffs.

Agreed 100%. I am tired of seeing just about every other team in the NHL draft a forward and they have an immediate impact with scoring. When was the last time we had a rookie make an immediate impact in scoring? The last one I can think of is Hussalius. McCardel showed a lot of heart and energy last year but only had a hand full of goals. With the injury to Garrison we need another D-man to fill thay gap and McCardel not playing is not helping his development at all. Let him go down and work on the top two lines where he will get scoring opportunities and quality ice time. Its better than watching, unless of course he is looking to take over Lindseys plcae.

McCardle has jump but is very injury prone but IMO he will develop.With our luck someone will grab him.Anthony Stewart had bad attitude with the Frenchie and was not played in right role.Olesz is a defensive/passing forward who at best is a 15-20 goal scorer.Utilize him in that position.Dont try to make Freddy Kruger an altar boy panthers.

Everyone wants to jump on the Panthers for poor first round picks...Take a look at the websites that show 1st round picks for ALL the teams. Unless you get the top 5-6, it's a real crapshoot. In some of the years the Panthers actually had better picks than some others. That's why I wasn't thrilled with Tallon trading for late 1st rounders.

it is not just the 1st round picks it is the complete draft that the panthers have been bad at.

From 1997 until 2006 (being fair to say the last 4 picks it is too early to determine the rating of the draft for 2007-2010) the panthers have drafted 94 players, out of the 94 players drafted in that period, playing for the panthers today we have 4 players; playing somewhere in the NHL including those 4 are 11 players.

Of the 7 players no longer with the panthers, only Nathan Horton/Gregory Campbell did the panthers receive anything of value in return.

So we can say that 6 out of 94 players provided value to the panthers today 6%. In a 10 year period to have only a 6% success rate in one of the important areas of building a team is really bad and helps explain the failures of this organization in the last 10 years.

Yes the draft is a crapshoot but you still have to have better success than the panthers in the last 10 years

Are we talking about the Anthony Stewart who now with the Atlanta Thrashers has 4 goals in 5 games? I'm guessing Thrasher fans think he's a 1st rounder.

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