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Florida Panthers Jack Skille Poised to Return v Blackhawks ... Michal Repik Waived ... Jose Theodore: South Florida is Final Destination

Skille2Jack Skille, who hasn't played since injuring his shoulder Dec. 16, looks to make his return Friday against the Blackhawks.

Traded for Michael Frolik last February, Skille was on a line with Shawn Matthias and Scottie Upshall (out since Nov. 10 with a hip injury) during Thursday's practice.

“The shoulder feels strong and they've made sure I didn't rush anything,'' Skille said. “I think it's able to go with my style of play. That was the big concern.''

Michal Repik, who has been playing the best hockey of his Panthers career, was put on waivers and will be sent to San Antonio if he clears Friday at noon.

“I've played more minutes here than I'm used to. I feel confident and good,'' Repik said. “Before I was scared to do anything on the ice.''

Theo-- Speaking of being at home, goalie Jose Theodore was joking with a reporter from the Denver Post Thursday when he declared “Florida is my last stop.'' 

Theodore, who has played for the Canadiens, Avs, Capitals and Wild, made it clear he isn't thinking about retirement.

“I didn't say this would be my last contract,'' he said.

Theodore is signed through next season. Theodore made 40 saves in Wednesday's loss to the Avs.