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July 07, 2011

Benefit for a Friend on Saturday; All Day at Bru's Room Pompano Beach

Sarah Sarah Silva, a longtime Panthers fan and season ticket holder, was seriously injured in a car accident back in May.

On Saturday, the Bru's Room in Pompano Beach (Federal Highway just south of Atlantic Boulevard) will be having an all-day benefit to help defray some of Sarah's medical expenses.

There is going to be all kinds of activities throughout the day plus a bunch of major league raffles.

The Boston Bruins have donated a bunch of stuff as have the Florida Panthers, Miami Heat, Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins. There will be all kinds of different stuff to bid on and win.

It's all for a good cause. And the wings are excellent.

Hope to see some of you out there.

Here's some information from the Facebook page set up for Sarah:

Our friend, coworker & favorite bartender needs our help. Let's not let Sarah have to worry about anything other than getting better... :)

We will be having a beach/luau theme event.

Carwash begins @ 11am.
Dunk tank.
Music.
Food.
Raffles & Auctions.
& Much More, all for a good cause...

If there is ANYTHING you can do, to help, its greatly appreciated.
We are accepting prize donations for the raffle & auction, Cash Donations, and volunteers for the day of are welcome as well. Thank you.

For those of you have asked about donations, we have set up an online payment on our website.

http://www.brusroom.com/sa​rah-silva/

July 06, 2011

Report: Craig Ramsay to Return as Florida Panthers Assistant Coach

Rammer The last time Craig Ramsay coached the Florida Panthers, the team was playing its home games and the only rats associated with the franchise were, well, not rubberized.

According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rammer is back.

Vivlamore tweeted (@ajcthrashers) that Ramsay had agreed to join Gord Murphy as an assistant on Kevin Dineen's staff.

Ramsay was an original assistant coach on the Panthers under Roger Neilson. He left when Neilson was fired in 1995. Murphy, of course, was a defenseman on that Panthers squad.

Aside from stints in Ottawa and Florida, Ramsay was an assistant under Neilson -- and was interim coach when Neilson was forced to take a medical leave because of his cancer treatments -- in Philadelphia. Ramsay has had to fight cancer himself, undergoing prostate surgery while with the Lightning in 2006.

Ramsay won the Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay (and was a candidate to be the Panthers head coach in 2003 although the Bolts wouldn't let Rick Dudley talk to him about the job). He was also an assistant in Boston before Dudley hired him to be the coach of the Thrashers last summer.

Ramsay, it turns out, would be the last coach of the Atlanta Thrashers. He wasn't brought back by the Winnipeg Ice Road Truckers.

Spoke to Ramsay at the NHL Draft a few weeks ago and he said he was doing well for a guy who was unemployed. I mentioned that it would be cool to see him back with the Panthers and he smiled.

He probably knew something was up then.

The Panthers have not confimed the report, saying only that the interview process is ongoing.

Here's a great story from Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca on Ramsay. Sounds like Florida to me. And with Dale Tallon, Mike Santos, Kevin Dineen and Gord Murphy here, I believe Craig Ramsay will get that respect he deserves. 

 

 

Mike Santorelli Signs Two-year Deal with Florida Panthers, Never Thought About Arbitration ... "I'm Grateful"

Santo Mike Santorelli is officially back on the Panthers payroll as the restricted free agent signed a two-year deal with the team.

Santorelli's contract is a one-way deal, a nice upgrade from last season. Santorelli came to the Panthers in a trade with the Predators. He had a two-way deal and was thought to be headed to Rochester.

Santorelli instead won a roster spot and was one of the few bright spots on the Panthers last year. Santorelli played in all 82 games -- he had played in a combined 32with the Preds over two seasons -- and scored 20 goals. He came into the season with two NHL goals.

“I think the mindset last year was to impress, concentrate on what I did best,'' Santorelli said from his offseason home in Vancouver. “The goal was to make the team. Every player wants to make the team. I always want to get better, improve on my assets and my defaults. I just want to get better every day, keep going.''

Santorelli is one of the few holdovers from the 2010-11 Panthers, a team that finished in last place in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history. One of the few bright spots last season, Santorelli watched the Panthers free agent shopping spree play out this past weekend. Since the NHL draft, the Panthers have added 10 players who should be on the opening night roster.

“Florida is a great spot,'' Santorelli said. “I'm excited to come back. I knew it would get done, very happy it did. .-.-. The team looks great with all the additions. All the players are high class in this league. I'm excited about being a part of it. All the players we got are high-skilled, great hockey players. I'm looking forward to learning from them.''

OFFICIAL PANTHERS RELEASE

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has re-signed C Mike Santorelli to a two-year contract.

“We are very pleased to have re-signed Mike,” said Tallon. “He is a hard working and dedicated player who made our team out of training camp and went on to post career bests in goals and assists last season. We look forward to his continued contributions to our club.”

Santorelli, 25, has played in 114 National Hockey League games with Nashville (2008-10) and Florida (2010-11) scoring 22 goals with 22 assists and 30 PIM. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward posted career highs in goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) in his first season with Florida.

Santorelli was acquired in a trade with Nashville on August 5, 2010.

The Vancouver, BC native was drafted by Nashville in the sixth round (178th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Florida Panthers to Host Development Camp

Guds The Panthers are going to be back on the ice next week.

Most of Florida's top prospects will be taking part in the team's development camp in Coral Springs.

The first on-ice activities is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. The event is open and free to the public.

Here's the schedule and roster.

See you there...

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, July 12: 9 a.m.; Thursday, July 14: 9 a.m.; Friday, July 15: 9 a.m.


ROSTER

RW    Basaraba, Joe    6'2"    190    Right    Fort Frances, ON   Minnesota-Duluth

RW    Birkholz, Josh    6'1"    182    Left    Maple Grove, MN    3/28/1991    Everett    

C    Bjugstad, Nick    6'4''    204    Right    Blaine, MN    7/17/1992    Minnesota

D    Boyd, R.J.    6'3''    190    Left    Fort Myers, FL    2/7/1991    Sacred Heart

C    Brickley, Connor    6'1''    195    Left    Everett, MA    2/25/1992    Vermont

D    Comrie, Adam    6'4"    205    Left    Kanata, ON    7/31/1990    Rochester (AHL) 

RW    Donskoi, Joonas    5'11"    165    Right    Raahe, Finland    4/13/1992    Karpat

LW    Durocher, Corey    6'3"    175    Left    Ottawa, ON    5/30/1992    Kingston

C    Grimaldi, Rocco    5'6''    160    Right    Auburn Hills, MI    2/8/1993 U.S. National

D    Gudbranson, Erik    6'4"    195    Right    Ottawa, ON    1/7/1992    Kingston

RW    Hazen, Jonathan    5'11"    170    Right    Val-Belair, PQ    6/18/1990    Val d'Or

LW    Howden, Quinton    6'2"    182    Left    Oakbank, MB    1/21/1992    Moose Jaw

C    Huberdeau, Jonathan    6'1''    171    Left    St-Jerome, PQ    6/4/1993  Saint John

C    Hyman, Zach    6'0"    182    Right    Toronto, ON    6/9/1992    Hamilton (OJHL)   

LW    Jenks, A.J.    6'2"    202    Left    Detroit, MI    6/27/1990    Rochester (AHL)   

C    Knight, Corban    6'1''    180    Right    High River, AB    9/10/1990  North Dakota

D    LaPoint, Derrick    6'2''    175    Left    Eau Claire, WI    5/13/1988    North Dakota

D    Lee, John    6'1''    180    Right    Moorhead, MN    1/16/1989    Denver (WCHA)   

RW    Luciani, Anthony    5'8''    190    Right    Maple, ON    5/13/1990    Erie (OHL)    

D    *Lyles, Malcolm    5'10''    180    Right    Miami Gardens, FL    7/20/1990    Vernon

C    McFarland, John    6'0"    192    Right    Richmond Hill, ON    4/2/1992    Sudbury

C    Pacan, David    6'3''    205    Right    Ottawa, ON    3/31/1991    Niagara (OHL)   

D    Petrovic, Alexander    6'4"    193    Right    Edmonton, AB    3/3/1992    Red Deer

D    Racine, Jonathan    6'1''    182    Left    Montreal, PQ    5/28/1993    Shawinigan

D    Robak, Colby    6'3"    207    Left    Dauphin, MB    4/24/1990    Rochester (AHL)   

LW    Selleck, Eric    6'2"    195    Left    Shanley, ON    10/20/1987    Rochester

RW    Shaw, Logan    6'3''    190    Right    Glace Bay, NS    10/5/1992    Cape Breton

C    Shore, Drew    6'3''    190    Right    Denver, CO    1/29/1991    Denver (WCHA)   

C    Timmins, Scott    5'11"    191    Left    Hamilton, ON    9/11/1989    Rochester

C    Trocheck, Vincent    5'11''    180    Right    Pittsburgh, PA    7/11/1993    Saginaw

LW  Wilson, Garrett    6'3"    206    Left    Elmvale, ONT    3/16/1991    Owen (OHL)                                                           

G  Cheverie, Marc    6'3"    183    Left    Cole Harbour, NS    2/22/1987  Cin/Roch

G  Foster, Brian    6'1"    175    Left    Pembroke, NH    2/4/1987   Shreveport 

G  Gayduchenko, Sergei    6'5''    222    Left    Yaroslavl, Russia    6/6/1989  Moskow

G    Markstrom, Jacob    6'3"    178    Left    Gavle, Sweden    1/31/1990    Rochester

*-Indicates player is in training camp on a tryout                                                       



Scott Clemmensen: Excited about New Beginings with Florida Panthers

Clemm Scott Clemmensen didn't hear about all the new teammates he'll have this season until late Friday night.

It's not that the Panthers goalie didn't care about the many moves his team made. Clemmensen was on Florida's west coast, soaking in a little vacation time before he and his wife Vanessa welcome their second child in the coming weeks.

As excited Clemmensen is about the new addition to his family, it seems like he's just as ready to get to know all the Panthers new additions.

“No doubt, the team is going to have a completely different complexion,'' Clemmensen said, referring to the Panthers adding players through signings or trades since June 24.

“The entire team feels new. We have a new coach, a majority the players are new. It's going to feel like a whole new organization come training camp. I'm excited about it, excited about getting the season going. We have a new team, new players. Clemm2 It's an exciting time.''

Of course, one of those new players is a goaltender.

Veteran Jose Theodore was signed as a free agent after Tomas Vokoun – whom Clemmensen had backed up the past two seasons – decided to try his fate on the free agent market.

With Vokoun signing with division rival Washington, there are questions on who will start in net for the Panthers. Theodore, who signed a two-year deal worth $3 million, is expected to have the upper hand on the competition when training camp opens.

Believe it or not, Clemmensen is fine with that. A career backup who spent eight seasons shuttling between the NHL and the minor leagues, Clemmensen refuses to shy away from competition.

“Even though I have a new goalie partner, I'm looking at this as I have in years past,'' said Clemmensen, who has appeared in 54 games with the Panthers over the past two seasons. “I'm preparing to play, be it every game or every other. I've been around the block a few times. I know how quickly things change – both good and bad. All you can do as a player is prepare yourself. When you get the chance to play, take advantage. Play the best you can.

“There are no guarantees thrown my way.  Never have been. I just want a chance. I'm a guy who has had to battle, scratch and claw to get into the league. I wasn't a first round pick, haven't been handed anything on a silver platter. I've had to work for everything I've gotten. That won't change.''

The Panthers signed Theodore with the thought he would be the starter, although they will be fine with Clemmensen if he plays well in training camp and through the season.

Even though this is mostly a new team, the Panthers management and the team's fans know Clemmensen. After a rough start during the 2009-10 season, Clemmensen finished strong. Although Clemmensen only won eight of 26 decisions last year, much of that could be attributed to what was in front of him.

Since he is a free agent next summer, Clemmensen is expected to have a strong camp and push Theodore for playing time. The Panthers are banking on it.

Clemmensen, 33, is one of a handful of holdovers from last season. Clemmensen, Stephen Weiss, David Booth, Keaton Ellerby and Dmitry Kulikov are the Florida veterans now, the only regulars who have been with the team for more than a single season.

Two years ago, the Panthers finished last in their division for the first time in franchise history. Last year, the team sunk to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Clemmensen says although that was painful to be a part of, things appear to be changing. Rapidly.

“All of the players on the team were frustrated because of our win-loss record and the way the last few years have transpired,'' Clemmensen said. “You wouldn't be human if you weren't frustrated. It was felt throughout. I think that frustration level is normal. But with [general manager] Dale Tallon and [assistant GM] Mike Santos here, there's a fresh outlook. Almost everyone is now detached from past struggles that have plagued this team. There is a separation from the past 10 years.

“The Panthers are moving forward, starting from management on down. There are so many new faces. It's a good thing.''


Nathan Horton Bringing the Cup Home: Dunnville, Ontario, to Celebrate with Parade, Beer Garden

Hortontowel Nathan Horton is headed home.

And he's bringing the Stanley Cup with him.

Yes, I know Nathan and his family are residents of Broward County.

But Horton will spend his time with the Cup in the place where it all began for him.

Officials in Dunnville, Ontario -- which is located not far from Niagara Falls -- are obviously excited about their hometown hero coming back with the Cup later this month. A parade and town party are scheduled for July 19.

Word is there will be a parade through the small town with Horton offering an idea that fans can get a picture with the Cup for a cool $5. The money will go to the local hospital. Nice touch.

After the Cup gets its welcome in Dunnville, the Hortons will take it up the road to Toronto.

Dunnville, some of you may recall from my story a few years ago, is also the hometown to former Panthers coach Pete DeBoer.

July 04, 2011

Wear Your Red -- White AND Blue ... Florida Panthers Host Independence Day Party

Panthers4th Looking for a place to hang out today to celebrate Independence Day?

BankAtlantic Center looks like a real good option.

The Panthers are holding a big Fourth of July bash at the arena today with gates opening at 5.

Gin Blossoms take the stage at 6 with a monster fireworks show going off around 9.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of food and drink vendors.

You might even be able to get a picture with Stanley.

 

July 03, 2011

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July 02, 2011

Tomas Vokoun Signs Bargain Basement Deal with Capitals

Vokoun Tomas Vokoun won't be with the Panthers this season but that doesn't mean he won't be around.

Vokoun, who spent the past four years in Florida, signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with Southeast Division rival Washington on Saturday.

The Panthers and Capitals play six times this season, the first meeting coming on Oct. 18 at Verizon Center. Vokoun's return to South Florida will come on Dec. 5.

Getting Vokoun for this kind of coin is the steal of the free agent weekend so far.

“We are excited to add an elite veteran goaltender to the Capitals,” Caps GM George McPhee said. “We now have a nice blend of talent, depth, experience and youth in the goaltending position.”

The Panthers said they would have given Vokoun as long as a three-year deal, likely in the neighborhood of $3 million per season. Vokoun turned down the Panthers final offers on Thursday and Friday with the thought that he would see what was out there.

Unfortunately for Vokoun, things dried up quick.

We had thought Tampa Bay might be a nice destination for Vokoun. The Lightning decided to give Dwayne (yes, I originally spelled it Dwyane) Roloson another shot in net.

Vokouncelebrate Phoenix and Colorado were thought to be Vokoun's other prime destinations, but the Coyotes signed former Lightning backstop Mike Smith and the Avs traded two top draft picks to Washington for Semyon Varlamov.

It's obvious Vokoun and his representation didn't see these moves coming as they were quickly left out in the cold. The Panthers told Vokoun's people that they were close on a deal with Jose Theodore. Vokoun rolled the dice. Then there was nothing left. There were even rumors that Vokoun's people came back to Florida after the Theodore signing. The Panthers said they had already moved on.

“I’m very excited to join the Washington Capitals organization,” Vokoun said in a statement. “It is a terrific team with a lot of talent. I look forward to doing everything I can for us to reach our ultimate goal in winning the Stanley Cup.”

Of course, being forced into a cheap contract could be a big chip for Vokoun to carry around on his shoulder this season. And really, $1.5 million isn't a bad consolation since he made almost $23 million in salary during his four years with the Panthers.

The positives are pretty good here. Washington is a great place to play and this team is still at the top of the division with the Lightning.

Vokoun's going to get a chance to win.

Vokounweiss Of course, we don't know who will start for the Caps as they have up-and-comer Michel Neuvirth. Vokoun could be a very good mentor for the 23-year-old as both are from the Czech Republic.

What if Vokoun turns out to be a difference maker for the Capitals and helps them get deeper into the playoffs than we're been used to?

Well, he only has a one-year deal.

Vokoun can always try this free agency thing again next July.

Dale Tallon: Changing the Culture of the Florida Panthers ... Cats ink Matt Bradley

Logo A message was sent by Dale Tallon last summer when he surprisingly traded Nathan Horton to the Bruins: If you don't want to be a part of the Florida Panthers, we don't want you to be.

Tallon is working on ending the days of the Panthers being a punchline. One way the Panthers general manager has gone about doing that is bringing in players who, like him, are committed to turning things around and getting the Panthers back into the postseason for the first time since 2000.

Horton told Tallon he wouldn't mind being moved last June. Tallon quickly struck a deal. The trade certainly worked out for Horton as he helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. Florida didn't get much out of the trade aside for a first round draft pick. But in trying to change the culture of an organization steeped in losing, Tallon did what he felt he needed to do.

With the changes made – Tallon has added 11 players in a week – he feels things are headed in the right way.

“We're going to be a fun team to be around,'' Tallon said. “Personality plus. Character plus. They will really like each other, it'll be a fun locker room. These guys will play the game with passion. We've added a lot of personality to our roster. I'm excited about that.''

Bradley The sweeping changes continued throughout the season as Tallon took a machete to the roster.

Last week, he traded for an old pal from Chicago in veteran defenseman Brian Campbell. Chicago winger Tomas Kopecky signed on as well.

Former Capitals winger Matt Bradley was signed to a two-year deal on Saturday making him the 11th player to join the team since last Friday's draft in St. Paul, Minn.

“We want people who want to be Panthers. We don't want people who want to come down here for their tan or to play golf,'' said Tallon, who coincidentally is a pretty fair duffer himself. Tallon qualified for the U.S. Senior Open last summer. “All these guys here want to be a part of turning this around and making us a championship team.''

Scottie Upshall was one of the first players the Panthers grabbed when the free agent market opened at noon Friday. Upshall signed a four-year deal with Florida and doesn't sound like a guy searching out a tee time.

“I wish our first game was tomorrow. I'm really excited,'' Upshall said. “My agent had a lot of calls [Friday] but Florida just made a lot of sense. Dale Tallon said I was a target of the Panthers and I really believe in what they're doing, the guys they are bringing in. I'm really excited to be with the Panthers and to be part of this. Look at Dale's history, his track record. He turned [Chicago] around. The steps and process are the same in Florida. To chat with them, it made so much sense. I'm exited about going down south. This is a team that can turn it around in the next year.''

Rallo -- The Panthers signed two players on Saturday, bringing in Bradley and center Greg Rallo. Rallo has spent his entire professional career in the minors and will likely play for Florida's new AHL affiliate in San Antonio this season.

Bradley, 33, spent the past six seasons with the Capitals and has played in 630 NHL games with San Jose, Pittsburgh and Washington. He replaces Darcy Hordichuk (who signed with Edmonton) as Florida's main pugilist. Bradley has been in 71 fights in his career and 24 in the past three seasons.

July 01, 2011

Come on Down, You're Next to Sign with the Florida Panthers!

Stanleyprice Dale Tallon promised he was going to rebuild the Panthers when he arrived in town last summer, and Friday was his biggest step in doing just that.

Tallon and assistant general manager Mike Santos were the busiest executives in all of professional sports on Friday as the Panthers either signed or traded for eight new players.

Despite dark skies and a steady rain, there were few gloomy faces at the BankAtlantic Center. It was a rare day in which the sun definitely shone on the Florida Panthers.

“It was a great team effort in pushing this franchise in the right direction,'' general manager Dale Tallon said. “We're very satisfied with the day.''

Jovocop2 The biggest names brought in: Defenseman Ed Jovanovski, forwards Scottie Upshall, Sean Bergenheim, Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg as well as goalie Jose Theodore.

The Panthers went from last place in the league in committed salary for next season toward the middle of the pack. Florida now has more money (an estimated $48 million) committed to the 2011-12 season than the Rangers, Maple Leafs, Senators, Avalanche and Predators among others.

“I'm really excited to be a Panther,'' said winger David Booth, one of the few holdouts from last season. “This is by far the most we've done since I've been here. This is change that's been needed. It's going to be a brand new team, guys have a lot to prove. This is awesome to see. I want to be part of this process. I know things are going to change around here. These guys want to win. Man, it's exciting.''

How busy were the Panthers? Florida hooked four players less than two hours into the opening of the free agent market. By the end of the day, four more were in. Florida didn't announce the Bergenheim signing until after 8 p.m.

And the Panthers aren't done yet.

“The phone just keeps ringing,'' said Santos, who didn't leave the arena until after 9 p.m. “It seems like every time we add a player another wants to join us. It's just another step in the process.''

The first deals of the day came not long after the opening bell sounded Friday at noon. Theodore, who won the Vezina Trophy for the league's top goaltender in 2001-02 for Montreal, was one of the first to come into the fold. The Panthers had been negotiating with goalie Tomas Vokoun and said he was their first choice.

Vokoun's agent apparently passed on Florida's final offer when told the team was close to signing Theodore, so Vokoun's four-year run with the Panthers is over. Theodore was signed with the thought he'll start next season, although Scott Clemmensen – Vokoun's backup the past two seasons – will have a shot at the job. Theodore was one of the cheapest players signed by Florida on Friday, the 34-year-old veteran getting $1.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Vokoun had been making $5.7 million.

Theodore ranks sixth among active NHL goalies in games played (580) and is eighth in wins (260).

Not long after inking Theodore and Upshall, Florida brought back Jovanovski. The first pick of the 1994 draft by the Panthers, Jovanovski was traded to Vancouver as part of the Pavel Bure deal back in 1999. There had often been talk of 'JovoCop' returning to the Panthers, although things never worked out. Jovanovski, a five-time All-Star, signed a four-year deal with the Panthers.

“It's good to be back in Florida, especially with the moves that Dale is making,'' Jovanovski said. “The guys they're adding shows great promise for the organization. You have to believe it will get done looking at Dale's past and what he did in Chicago. You have to look at him as the primary reason all those guys are there.''

Tallon was able to swing a big deal for Flyers forward Kris Versteeg later in the day, giving up a second  and a third round pick in the process. Versteeg, 25, won the Stanley Cup in 2010 has hit the 20-goal plateau in each of the past two seasons. The Panthers had been rumored to be in the market for Versteeg for some time.

Florida later added Fleischmann, a talented winger who has had health issues in the past. Fleischmann missed most of last season after it was discovered that he had blood clots in both lungs.

Fleischmann, who played for Washington and Colorado last year, was put on blood thinners and has been cleared to continue his career. Bergenheim, the latest edition to the Panthers Red Friday Class of 2011, scored nine playoff goals for the rival Lightning last season. He'll get $2.75 million in each of the next four seasons.

The Panthers may not be completely fixed, but the overhaul is definitely underway.

“This was a very easy decision for me to make,'' Upshall said. “This is going to be a fun year. .-.-. It's a great feeling. I can't describe the joy that today has brought.''



OnFrozenFilm: Florida Panthers' Mike Santos Talks AHL San Antonio

Late Night with the Florida Panthers: Sean Bergenheim Heads Down Alligator Alley

Seanbergenheim Is one of the biggest days in Florida Panthers history over yet?

Dale Tallon and Mike Santos continue to work deals on the opening day of free agency, signing Tampa Bay forward Sean Bergenheim to a four-year deal worth $2.75 million per season.

Bergenheim becomes the eighth newest member of the Panthers today and 10th since last weekend's draft in St. Paul.

The 27-year-old from Finland had a breakout season with the rival Lightning last season, scoring 14 goals with 15 assists in 80 games. Well, his breakout came in the postseason as he scored NINE goals with two assists as the Bolts came within a win of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Another nice score for Tallon, Santos & Crew.

OFFICIAL FLORIDA PANTHERS RELEASE

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with LW Sean Bergenheim on a four-year contract.
 
Bergenheim joins F Kris Versteeg, F Tomas Fleischmann, F Scottie Upshall, F Marcel Goc, D Ed Jovanovski, G Jose Theodore, D Brian Campbell and F Tomas Kopecky as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“We are very pleased to have signed Sean,” said Tallon. “He is a fast and hard-working forward who recorded a career best 29 points last season and adds further depth to our line-up.”
 
Bergenheim, 27, has played in 326 career National Hockey League games with NY Islanders (2003-10) and Tampa Bay Lightning (2010-11) scoring 54 goals with 55 assists and 251 PIM. He appeared in 80 games with Tampa Bay last year registering 29 points (14-15-29) and 56 PIM. In 16 post season contests with Tampa Bay he scored nine goals with two assists.
 
The Helsinki, Finland native was drafted by the NY Islanders with their first choice (22nd overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

OnFrozenFilm: Dale Tallon/Mike Santos Part 3 of 3

OnFrozenFilm: Dale Tallon/Mike Santos Part 2 of 3

The Newest Florida Panthers

MEET THE NEW PANTHERS

LW SEAN BERGENHEIM
Opening night age: 27
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Contract: Four years, $11 million
NHL experience: Six seasons

D BRIAN CAMPBELL
Opening night age: 32
Hometown: Strathroy, Ontario
Contract: Five years, $35.7 million
NHL experience: 10 seasons

RW TOMAS FLEISCHMANN
Opening night age: 27
Hometown: Koprivinice, Czech Republic
Contract: Four years, $18 million
NHL experience: Six seasons

C MARCEL GOC
Opening night age: 27
Hometown: Calw, Germany
Contract: Three years, $5.1 million
NHL experience: Six seasons

LW TOMAS KOPECKY
Opening night age: 29
Hometown: Ilava, Slovakia
Contract: Four years, $12 million
NHL experience: Five seasons

D ED JOVANOVSKI
Opening night age: 35
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Contract: Four years, $16.5 million
NHL experience: 15 seasons

G JOSE THEODORE
Opening night age: 35
Hometown: Laval, Quebec
Contract: Two years, $3 million
NHL experience: 14 seasons

RW SCOTTIE UPSHALL
Opening night age: 28
Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Contract: Four years, $14 million
NHL experience: Eight seasons

RW KRIS VERSTEEG
Opening night age: 25
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta
Contract: One year, $3.1 million (restricted free agent after 2011-12)
NHL experience: Four seasons

D NOLAN YONKMAN
Opening night age: 30
Hometown: Punnichy, Saskatchewan
Contract: N/A
NHL experience: Two seasons

OnFrozenFilm: Dale Tallon/Mike Santos Part 1 of 3

My internet is really slow so this is taking forever. Here's the first five minutes of the 15 minute press conference with Panthers general manager Dale Tallon and assistant GM Mike Santos from Friday at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise.

 

 

Florida Panthers Sign Another: Tomas Fleischmann, Come on Down to Sunrise

Fleischmann Got to keep this short because I have SO much work to do.

The Panthers continued to retool their roster Friday, signing winger Tomas Fleischmann to a four-year deal worth $4.5 million per season.

Yes, Fleischmann is Florida's highest paid forward. David Booth is second at $4.25 million per season.

Most of you probably know about Fleischmann's struggles with blood clots although Dale Tallon said the Panthers are secure in him being medically cleared.

More on this later. Don't even know where to start right now.

FLORIDA PANTHERS OFFICIAL RELEASE

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed RW Tomas Fleishmann to a four-year contract. 
 
Fleischmann joins D Brian Campbell, F Tomas Kopecky, F Kris Versteeg, G Jose Theodore, D Ed Jovanovski, F Marcel Goc, D Nolan Yonkman and F Scottie Upshall as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“We are excited to welcome Tomas Fleischmann to the Florida Panthers organization,” said Tallon. “Tomas is a big, hard-working winger that can play a variety of roles for our team and will add depth at the forward position.”
 
Fleischmann, 27, had 12 goals and 19 assists (31 points) in 45 games with the Washington Capitals (23 games) and Colorado Avalanche (22 games) last season. For his career in the NHL, the Koprivnice, Czech Republic native has scored 68 goals and 159 points in 305 games. He had a career-high 23 goals and 51 points with Washington during the 2009-10 NHL season. He has played in 22 postseason games scoring three goals and two assists.

Panthers Make a Trade, Grab Kris Versteeg for Draft Picks

Versteeg Dale Tallon got another one of his guys on Friday as the Panthers traded two draft picks to the Flyers for right winger Kris Versteeg.

The 25-year-old played for the Blackhawks for a few years, scoring 20 goals with 24 assists during Chicago's run to the Cup in 2009-10.

Versteeg played for Toronto and the Flyers last season, notching 21 goals with 25 assists in 80 games. He has 65 goals and 82 assists in 250 career games.

Versteeg is signed through this coming season; he is RFA after the 2011-12 season.

Versteeg will make $3.08 million this season.

OFFICIAL FLORIDA PANTHERS RELEASE

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired RW Kris Versteeg from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a conditional second round pick in the 2012 or 2013 NHL Entry Draft and San Jose’s third round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired by Florida).
 
Versteeg joins D Brian Campbell, F Tomas Kopecky, G Jose Theodore, D Ed Jovanovski, F Marcel Goc, D Nolan Yonkman and F Scottie Upshall as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“We are excited to welcome Kris Versteeg to the Florida Panthers organization,” said Tallon. “Kris is a skilled young winger and Stanley Cup-winner that has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons and will make an immediate impact on our team. He is versatile enough to play any forward position and brings passion and commitment to the rink every single day.”
 
Versteeg, 25, had 21 goals and 25 assists (46 points) in 80 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (53 games) and Philadelphia Flyers (27 games) last season. For his career in the NHL, the Lethbridge, Alberta native has scored 65 goals and 147 points in 250 career games with Philadelphia (2010-11), Toronto (2010-11) and Chicago (2007-10). In 50 postseason games he has 11 goals and 32 points and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.

Florida Panthers Keep Going, Sign Center Marcel Goc

GOC Within the first two hours of the opening of the NHL's free agency period, the Panthers have signed four players.

The latest to join the Panthers -- Florida had already signed Jose Theodore, Scotty Upshall and Ed Jovanovski -- is Nashville center Marcel Goc.

Florida gets Goc for three years at $1.7 million per year.

Goc doesn't score much -- he had a career-high 12 goals with the Preds in 2009-10 -- but he moves the puck well but should play a bigger role with the Panthers.

FLORIDA PANTHERS OFFICIAL RELEASE

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with C Marcel Goc (GAWCH) on a three-year contract.
 
Goc joins D Brian Campbell, F Tomas Kopecky, G Jose Theodore, D Ed Jovanovski and F Scottie Upshall as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“We are very pleased to have signed Marcel,” said Tallon. “He is a solid, versatile two-way forward that will contribute on both ends of the ice and add depth to our center position.”
 
Goc, 27, has played in 389 career National Hockey League games for Nashville (2009-11) and San Jose (2003-09) registering 108 points (41-67-108) and 96 PIM.  The 6-foot-1, 205-pound center owns a 52.2-percent face-off winning percentage for his career. Goc has appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six of his seven years in the NHL, playing in 43 postseason games, scoring three goals with six assists. 
 
On the international level, Goc has represented his native Germany at the Winter Olympics twice (2006 & 2010) and World Cup (2004). In addition, he has served as Captain of the German national team and represented his native country at the World Championship on several occasions (2003, 2005, 2008 & 2010).
 
Goc, who is the highest ever German selected in the NHL Draft, was selected by San Jose with their first choice (20th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.