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July 01, 2011

Florida Panthers Bring Back Old Friend: Ed Jovanovski Gets Four-year Pact worth $16.5 mil

Jovocop JovoCop is back in South Florida.

The Panthers signed defenseman Ed Jovanovski to a four-year deal on Friday, bringing back their former first round pick.

Jovanovski was the top pick of the 1994 NHL draft. He was part of the Panthers run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals but left when Florida sent him to Vancouver in the Pavel Bure deal.

Jovanovski has spent the past five seasons with the Coyotes.

Jovanovski's first NHL contract came with the Panthers and this will likely be his last. He will be 35 when the 2011-12 season begins. He'll get $16.5 million over the course of the deal.

Florida's blue line now looks like this:

Ed Jovanovski

Brian Campbell

Dmitry Kulikov

Jason Garrison

Keaton Ellerby

Mike Weaver

Erik Gudbranson (maybe)

OFFICIAL PANTHERS RELEASE

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with D Ed Jovanovski on a four-year contract.
 
Jovanovski joins D Brian Campbell, F Tomas Kopecky, G Jose Theodors and F Scottie Upshall as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“Ed is a veteran defenseman who wanted to return to Florida and we are pleased to have him back in a Panthers uniform,” said Tallon. “He is a five-time NHL All-Star, who has played in more than 1,000 games and will be a mentor for our young defensemen and a leader in the locker room. Ed played an important part in the early success of our franchise and we look forward to his return to South Florida and the Panthers family.”
 
Jovanovski, 35, returns to South Florida after originally being drafted by the Florida Panthers with their first choice in the 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Windsor, Ontario native helped the Panthers capture the 1996 Eastern Conference Championship and the team’s first spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. He places among the franchise’s all-time defensemen leaders with 29 goals (4th), 54 assists (7th), 83 points (6th) and 549 PIM (3rd). 

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defenseman has played in 1,019 career NHL games with Florida (1995-98), Vancouver (1998-2006) and Phoenix (2006-11) scoring 133 goals with 348 assists and 1,421 PIM. He has also appeared in 69 post season contests registering 30 points (11-19-30) and 98 PIM. 

Jovanovski, a five-time NHL All-Star (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008), also won a Gold Medal while playing for Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

 

 

Florida Panthers Land Scottie Upshall

Upshall The Panthers added to their forward corps on Friday afternoon, signing free agent right winger Scottie Upshall.

TSN says it's a four-year deal worth $14 million. Upshall had a cap hit of $2.25 million last season.

Upshall, 27, made his NHL debut on Oct. 15, 2002, and has played for Nashville, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Columbus. He had 22 goals with the Coyotes and Blue Jackets last season.

In 361 NHL games, he has 86 goals with 86 assists.

OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM THE PANTHERS

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with LW Scottie Upshall on a four-year contract.

“Scottie is a character player that is tough to play against and we are pleased to have signed him,” said Tallon. “He recorded career bests in goals and points last season and he is a player that will bring energy and enthusiasm to our line-up every night. We look forward to Scottie’s contributions to our team both on and off the ice.”

Upshall, 27, recorded career bests in goals (22) and points (34) last season while playing for both the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.  For his career in the National Hockey League, he has played in 361 contests with Nashville (2002-07), Philadelphia (2007-09), Phoenix (2008-11) and Columbus (2010-11), registering 172 points (86-86-172) and 325 PIM. The 6-foot, 200-pound winger reached the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Finals with Philadelphia during the 2007-08 season, scoring three goals with four assists and 44 PIM in 17 games. 
 
The Fort McMurray, Alberta native was drafted by Nashville with their first choice (sixth overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

 

The Tomas Vokoun Era Ends: Florida Panthers Sign Jose Theodore

Theodore Tomas Vokoun opted for free agency on Friday at noon and the Panthers quickly pounced on a replacement.

Jose Theodore, who went 15-11-3 with the Wild last season, signed a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.

With this goalie tandem, the Panthers are going cheap in net.

Theodore -- he pronunces his first name Joe-Zay -- and Scott Clemmensen will make $3 million between them next season. Clemmensen's cap hit is $1.2 million, but he'll be paid $1.5 million.

Tomas Vokoun made $5.7 million last year all by himself.

Theodore spent nine seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before going to Colorado. Theodore also was with division rival Washington for two seasons before going to the Wild last year.

He's definetely been around.

More as we go.

FLORIDA PANTHERS OFFICIAL RELEASE:

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with G Jose Theodore (joh-SAY, THEE-uh-dohr) on a two-year contract.
 
Theodore joins D Brian Campbell, F Tomas Kopecky and F Scottie Upshall as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“Jose is a veteran goalie who has won both the Vezina and Hart Trophy,” said Tallon. “He has played in more than 500 games in the National Hockey League, earning more than 250 wins, and adds depth and experience to our team. Paired with Scott Clemmensen, we feel that we have a solid goaltending tandem for the 2011-12 season.”

Theodore, 34, ranks sixth among active National Hockey League goalies in games played (580) and eighth in wins (260). The Laval, Quebec native earned a Vezina and Hart Trophy during the 2001-02 season while playing with the Montreal Canadiens, posting a 30-24-10 mark with a 2.11 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
 
For his career in the NHL, Theodore has played in 580 games with Montreal (1995-2006), Colorado (2006-08), Washington (2008-10) and Minnesota (2010-11) going 260-232-55 with a 2.69 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has appeared in 51 post season contests with a 19-28 mark and a 2.82 GAA.
 
Throughout his 14-year playing career, Theodore has recorded four 30-plus win seasons, including back-to-back 30-plus win seasons with Washington (2008-10). He was originally drafted by Montreal in the second round (44th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.


Your Complete NHL Free Agent List

Timscanada Courtesy of our good friends at Elsinore Brewery, err, the NHL....

Happy Canada Day, eh!

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS - GROUP 3

The following players have qualified for Group 3 Free Agency (age 27 or older or with at least seven Accrued Seasons) and are Unrestricted Free Agents.

ANAHEIM

Ray Emery, Josh Green, Jason Jaffray, Andreas Lilja, Todd Marchant, Brian McGrattan, Joel Perrault, Jarkko Ruutu, Teemu Selanne, Brad Winchester.

BOSTON

Shane Hnidy, Tomas Kaberle, Kirk MacDonald, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Reich, Michael Ryder, Nolan Schaefer, Trent Whitfield.

BUFFALO

Tim Conboy, Tim Connolly, Matt Ellis, Mike Grier, Patrick Lalime, Cody McCormick, Rob Niedermayer, Mark Parrish, Colin Stuart.

CALGARY

Anton Babchuk, Staffan Kronvall, Tomi Maki, Fredrik Modin, Brendan Morrison, Adam Pardy, Steve Staios.

CAROLINA

Erik Cole, Brandon Nolan, Bryan Rodney, Cory Stillman.

CHICAGO

Jassen Cullimore, Garnet Exelby, Jordan Hendry, Ryan Johnson, Steve Montador, Fernando Pisani, Jeff Taffe, Hannu Toivonen, Marty Turco.

COLORADO

Jason Bacashihua, Peter Budaj, Tomas Fleischmann, Adam Foote, John Grahame, David Koci, Ben Walter.

COLUMBUS

Chris Clark, Trevor Frischmon, Mathieu Garon, Ben Guite, Jan Hejda, David LeNeveu, Greg Moore, Ethan Moreau, Andrew Murray, Craig Rivet, Scottie Upshall, James Wisniewski.

DALLAS

Brent Krahn, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brad Richards, Brandon Segal, Karlis Skrastins, Brian Sutherby, Jason Williams, Jeff Woywitka.

DETROIT

Kris Draper, Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Ericsson, Ilari Filppula, Joey MacDonald, Derek Meech, Drew Miller, Mike Modano, Chris Osgood, Ruslan Salei, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

EDMONTON

Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, Martin Gerber, Alexandre Giroux, Steve MacIntyre, Brad Moran, Ben Ondrus, Richard Petiot, Jason Strudwick, Jim Vandermeer.

FLORIDA

Joe Callahan, Ryan Carter, Triston Grant, Darcy Hordichuk, Hugh Jessiman, Marty Reasoner, Patrick Rissmiller, Sergei Samsonov, Alexander Sulzer, Bill Thomas, Tomas Vokoun, Clay Wilson.

LOS ANGELES

Michal Handzus, Peter Harrold, Alexei Ponikarovsky, John Zeiler.

MINNESOTA

Andrew Brunette, Jean-Michel Daoust, Josh Harding, Chuck Kobasew, John Madden, Antti Miettinen, Jed Ortmeyer, Jose Theodore.

MONTREAL

Alex Auld, Marvin Degon, Jeff Halpern, Roman Hamrlik, Drew MacIntyre, Paul Mara, Alexander Perezhogin, Curtis Sanford, Brent Sopel.

NASHVILLE

Steve Begin, Wade Belak, Matt Ellison, Marcel Goc, Aaron Johnson, Shane O'Brien, Brett Palin, Steve Sullivan, Joel Ward.

NEW JERSEY

Rob Davison, Andy Greene, Johan Hedberg, Adam Mair, Mike McKenna, Bradley Mills, Chad Wiseman.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Andy Hilbert, Zenon Konopka, Nathan Lawson, Joel Martin, Radek Martinek, Doug Weight, Jeremy Yablonski.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alexander Frolov, Bryan McCabe, Vaclav Prospal, Todd White, Jeremy Williams.

OTTAWA

Michal Barinka, Andre Benoit, Mike Brodeur, David Hale, Ryan Keller, Pascal Leclaire, Francis Lessard, Curtis McElhinney, Ryan Shannon, Marek Svatos.

PHILADELPHIA

Brian Boucher, Nick Boynton, Ville Leino, Sean O'Donnell, Michael Ryan, Patrick Thoresen, Nikolay Zherdev.

PHOENIX

Eric Belanger, Matt Climie, Andrew Ebbett, Vernon Fiddler, Ryan Hollweg, Ed Jovanovski, Bracken Kearns, Petr Prucha, Radim Vrbata, Nolan Yonkman.

PITTSBURGH

Arron Asham, Mike Comrie, Chris Conner, John Curry, Daniel Fernholm, Eric Godard, Andrew Hutchinson, Alex Kovalev, Corey Potter, Michael Rupp, Brett Sterling, Maxime Talbot, Steve Wagner.

ST. LOUIS

Dean Arsene, Ty Conklin, Cam Janssen, Graham Mink, Nathan Oystrick, Dave Scatchard, Dave Spina.

SAN JOSE

Ben Eager, Kent Huskins, Jamal Mayers, Scott Nichol, T.J. Trevelyan, Niclas Wallin, Kyle Wellwood, Ian White.

TAMPA BAY

Sean Bergenheim, Chris Durno, Mitchell Fritz, Simon Gagne, Randy Jones, Mathieu Roy, Mike Smith.

TORONTO

Tim Brent, Joey Crabb, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Fredrik Sjostrom, Aaron Voros, Mike Zigomanis.

VANCOUVER

Nolan Baumgartner, Colby Genoway, Tanner Glass, Chris Higgins, Nathan Paetsch, Rick Rypien, Sami Salo, Jeff Tambellini, Raffi Torres, Tyler Weiman.

WASHINGTON

Jason Arnott, Matt Bradley, Brian Fahey, Todd Ford, Boyd Gordon, Scott Hannan, Jakub Klepis, Michael Nylander, Steven Pinizzotto, Marco Sturm, Brian Willsie.

WINNIPEG

Eric Boulton, Radek Dvorak, Jason Krog, Freddy Meyer, Jared Ross, Jaime Sifers, Noah Welch.



UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS - GROUP 6

The following players qualify for unrestricted free agency, having met the requirements for Group 6 free agency. These players, whose contracts have expired, are age 25 or older, have completed three or more professional seasons, and (i) in the case of a player other than a goaltender, have played less than 80 NHL games (regular-season and playoff), or (ii) in the case of a goaltender, have played less than 28 NHL games (regular-season and playoff).

ANAHEIM

None.

BOSTON

Anton Khudobin, David Laliberte.

BUFFALO

Mark Mancari, Derek Whitmore.

CALGARY

Kris Chucko, Cam Cunning, Matt Keetley, Ryan Stone.

CAROLINA

Casey Borer, Nick Dodge, Zack Fitzgerald, Justin Pogge.

CHICAGO

None.

COLORADO

Shawn Belle, Julian Talbot.

COLUMBUS

Jonathan Sigalet, Trevor Smith, Kyle Wilson.

DALLAS

Aaron Gagnon, Trevor Ludwig, Ray Sawada.

DETROIT

Sergei Kolosov, Jamie Tardif.

EDMONTON

Gregory Stewart.

FLORIDA

None.

LOS ANGELES

None.

MINNESOTA

Robbie Earl, Jamie Fraser.

MONTREAL

James Wyman.

NASHVILLE

Mark Dekanich, Grant Lewis, Kelsey Wilson.

NEW JERSEY

Tyler Eckford, Olivier Magnan-Grenier, Tim Sestito.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Jeremy Colliton.

NEW YORK RANGERS

None.

OTTAWA

Derek Smith.

PHILADELPHIA

Danny Syvret.

PHOENIX

Dane Byers, Matt Clackson, Alexandre Picard.

PITTSBURGH

Tim Wallace.

ST. LOUIS

Adam Cracknell, Tyson Strachan.

SAN JOSE

Thomas Greiss.

TAMPA BAY

Cedrick Desjardins.

TORONTO

Darryl Boyce, Alex Foster, Christian Hanson, Danny Richmond.

VANCOUVER

Alex Bolduc, Guillaume Desbiens.

WASHINGTON

Andrew Gordon, Andrew Joudrey.

WINNIPEG

None.



UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

The following players were not tendered a qualifying offer and are therefore Unrestricted Free Agents not subject to a right to match or draft choice compensation.

ANAHEIM

Kyle Chipchura, John Degray, Ryan Hillier, Jean-Philippe Levasseur, Eric Regan, Nigel Williams.

BOSTON

Matt Dalton, Boris Valabik, Cody Wild.

BUFFALO

None.

CALGARY

John Armstrong, Gord Baldwin, Hugo Carpentier, Josh Meyers, Matt Pelech.

CAROLINA

Troy Bodie, Jiri Tlusty.

CHICAGO

Evan Brophey, Jake Dowell, Mathis Olimb.

COLORADO

Philippe Dupuis, Brian Elliott, Tom Fritsche, Ray Macias, Harrison Reed.

COLUMBUS

Petr Kalus, Tomas Kana, Sami Lepisto, Michael Ratchuk, Anton Stralman, Gustaf Wesslau.

DALLAS

Sean Backman, Guillaume Monast.

DETROIT

Jordan Owens.

EDMONTON

Jordan Bendfeld, Jean-Francois Jacques, Matt Marquardt, Kevin Montgomery, Bryan Pitton, Zack Stortini.

FLORIDA

Niclas Bergfors, Steve Bernier, Byron Bitz, Brady Calla, James Delory, T.J. Fast, Jordan Knackstedt, Jeff Lovecchio.

LOS ANGELES

Rob Bordson.

MINNESOTA

Patrick O'Sullivan.

MONTREAL

Dustin Boyd, Nigel Dawes, Alexandre Picard, Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt.

NASHVILLE

Dan Gendur, Mark Santorelli.

NEW JERSEY

Anssi Salmela.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Robin Figren, Jack Hillen, Rob Hisey, Dustin Kohn.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Devin Didiomete, Tysen Dowzak, Matt Gilroy, Matt McCue, Justin Soryal.

OTTAWA

Jason Bailey, Cody Bass, Ryan Potulny.

PHILADELPHIA

Dan Carcillo, Garrett Klotz, Brian Stewart.

PHOENIX

Joel Gistedt, Josh Lunden, Jeff May.

PITTSBURGH

Joey Haddad, Tyler Kennedy.

ST. LOUIS

Matt D'Agostini, Nicholas Drazenovic.

SAN JOSE

Patrick Davis, Kevin Henderson, Carter Hutton, Joe Loprieno, Nick Schaus, Michael Swift.

TAMPA BAY

Alex Berry, Stefano Giliati, Mike Lundin, Vladimir Mihalik, Levi Nelson, Kevin Quick, Matt Smaby, Paul Szczechura.

TORONTO

Fabian Brunnstrom, Brayden Irwin.

VANCOUVER

Mario Bliznak, MacGregor Sharp, Lee Sweatt.

WASHINGTON

Trevor Bruess, Joe Finley, Josh Godfrey.

WINNIPEG

Andrew Kozek, Ian McKenzie, Rob Schremp, Anthony Stewart.

FREE AGENTS SUBJECT TO COMPENSATION AND RIGHT TO MATCH - GROUP 2

        The players listed below have been tendered a qualifying offer by their respective Clubs and are subject to draft-choice compensation and right to match. The draft choice compensation scale is based on compensation offered by the new Club:

OFFER        COMPENSATION

$1,034,249 or below        None
Over $1,034,249 to $1,567,043        Third-round choice
Over $1,567,043 to $3,134,088        Second-round choice
Over $3,134,088 to $4,701,131        First-round and third-round choice
Over $4,701,131 to $6,268,175        First-round, second-round and third-round choice
Over $6,268,175 to $7,835,219        Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice
Over $7,835,219        Four first-round choices

ANAHEIM

Patrick Maroon, Dan Sexton.

BOSTON

Andrew Bodnarchuk, Stefan Chaput, Brad Marchand.

BUFFALO

Jhonas Enroth, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Dennis McCauley, Dennis Persson, Andrej Sekera, Travis Turnbull, Mike Weber.

CALGARY

Chris Butler, Leland Irving, Brendan Mikkelson.

CAROLINA

Derek Joslin, Oskar Osala, Bobby Sanguinetti, Brandon Sutter, Brett Sutter.

CHICAGO

Chris Campoli, Brian Connelly, Michael Frolik, Rob Klinkhammer, Alec Richards, Viktor Stalberg, Ivan Vishnevskiy.

COLORADO

Kyle Cumiskey, T.J. Galiardi, Kevin Porter, Ryan Wilson.

COLUMBUS

Marc Methot.

DALLAS

None.

DETROIT

Dick Axelsson, Francis Pare, Jordan Pearce, Logan Pyett.

EDMONTON

Taylor Chorney, Andrew Cogliano, Ryan O'Marra, Theo Peckham, Liam Reddox.

FLORIDA

Michael Caruso, Mike Duco, Shawn Matthias, Kenndal McArdle, Tyler Plante, Mike Santorelli.

LOS ANGELES

Andrew Campbell, Marc-Andre Cliché, Richard Clune, Drew Doughty, Corey Elkins, Johan Fransson, Bud Holloway, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, David Meckler, Oscar Moller, Patrick Mullen, Brad Richardson, Jeff Zatkoff.

MINNESOTA

Justin Falk, Colton Gillies, Jarod Palmer, Jeff Penner, Darroll Powe, James Sheppard, Casey Wellman.

MONTREAL

Mathieu Carle, Josh Gorges, Kyle Klubertanz, Ryan Russell, Frederic St. Denis, Ryan White.

NASHVILLE

Matt Halischuk, Sergei Kostitsyn, Linus Klasen, Chris Mueller, Cal O'Reilly, Nick Spaling, Andreas Thuresson.

NEW JERSEY

Matthew Corrente, Mark Fraser, Jeff Frazee, Maxim Noreau, Nathan Perkovich, Matt Taormina, Alexander Vasyunov, Steven Zalewski, Vladimir Zharkov.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Micheal Haley, Jesse Joensuu, Dylan Reese, Ty Wishart.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Artem Anisimov, Stu Bickel, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Brodie Dupont, Chad Johnson, Michael Sauer.

OTTAWA

Erik Condra, Kaspars Daugavins, Geoff Kinrade, Roman Wick.

PHILADELPHIA

Jon Kalinski, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek.

PHOENIX

Jonas Ahnelov, Mikkel Boedker, Lauri Korpikoski, Brett MacLean, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Viktor Tikhonov, Kyle Turris, Matt Watkins, Keith Yandle.

PITTSBURGH

Dustin Jeffrey, Brad Thiessen.

ST. LOUIS

Ben Bishop, Ryan Reaves.

SAN JOSE

Benn Ferriero, John McCarthy.

TAMPA BAY

Johan Harju, Riku Helenius, Scott Jackson, Teddy Purcell, Steven Stamkos.

TORONTO

Tyler Bozak, Matt Lashoff, Clarke MacArthur, Luke Schenn.

VANCOUVER

Jannik Hansen, Sergei Shirokov.

WASHINGTON

Karl Alzner, Francois Bouchard, Troy Brouwer, Mathieu Perreault, Semyon Varlamov.

WINNIPEG

Zach Bogosian, Brett Festerling, Riley Holzapfel, Arturs Kulda, Andrew Ladd, Spencer Machacek, Ben Maxwell, Blake Wheeler.