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Where Are They Now? Florida Panthers Last Playoff Team Before 2012



PitlickNo. 2 Lance Pitlick retired from the NHL after spending three seasons with the Panthers from 1999-2002. Pitlick currently runs a stick-handling training facility in Minnesota.

No. 3 Paul Laus spent his entire career with the Panthers, playing from the inaugural season through 2001-02. One of the Lausmost popular players in franchise history, Laus is currently living near Toronto.

No. 4 Bret Hedican spent parts of two more seasons with the Panthers before Hedicanbeing traded to Carolina where he won the Cup in 2006. Hedican, married to figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi, works San Jose Sharks broadcasts. 

No. 7 Mike Wilson spent parts of three seasons with the Panthers before knocking around both North American and European professional leagues until retiring in 2009.

KiddNo. 7 Trevor Kidd got hurt during the 1999-2000 season forcing Florida to trade Radek Dvorak for Mike Vernon. Kidd left the Panthers in 2002 and retired four years later. Kidd is a businessman living in Winnipeg.

No. 8 Peter Worrell retired from hockey in 2006 but has stayed in the game – and Worrellstayed local. Worrell is currently the head coach at North Broward Prep and Florida Atlantic University. 

No. 9 Len Barrie got into real estate after his playing days and ended up being a co-owner of the Lightning (it didn't end well). Barrie is currently the president of the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia junior Hockey League. 

No. 10 Pavel Bure, known as the Russian Rocket, had Bure1his career cut short because of knee problems. Bure,  who could be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, splits his time between Miami Beach and Moscow.

No. 12 Alex Hicks left the NHL after this playoff series and didn't return. Hicks spent the following six seasons playing professionally in Europe. He currently is a junior coach in Tempe, Arizona.

KvashaNo. 13 Oleg Kvasha spent parts of two seasons with Florida before going to the Islanders in the Jokinen/Luongo trade. Kvasha has spent the past six seasons playing for various Russian teams. 

No. 14 Ray Whitney is still proving to be 'the Wizard' as he had 77 points for WhitneyPhoenix – tied for 12th most in the entire league this season. Whitney helped Carolina win the Cup in 2006.

No. 16 Mike Sillinger retired in 2009 after playing for an NHL record 12 teams and being involved in a record nine trades. Sillinger is the Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers.

No. 21 Mark Parrish left the Panthers after this
series, going to the Islanders as part of the Roberto Luongo/Olli Jokinen deal. He spent this past season in the AHL after playing for six more teams post-Panthers.

No. 22 Todd Simpson spent the entire playoff year with the Panthers but was traded to Phoenix the next season. Simpson, whose career ended in 2007, is now a real estate agent in West Kelowna, British Columbia.

SvehlaNo. 24 Robert Svehla spent eight of his nine NHL seasons with the Panthers, retiring in 2003 after a season in Toronto. Svehla is currently the director of a junior team in Trencin, Slovakia. 

No. 25 Viktor Kozlov kept a home in South Florida after leaving the Panthers in 2004; after playing for the Devils, Capitals and Islanders, Kozlov has spent the past three seasons playing in Russia.

No. 27 Scott Mellanby, the Panthers captain at the Mellanbytime, was traded to St. Louis in 2001 and he retired as the  captain in 2007. After a few years in the Vancouver front office, Mellanby is now an assistant coach for the Blues.

No. 28 Jaroslav Spacek spent parts of three seasons with the Panthers before he was traded to Chicago 12 games
into the 2000-01 season. Spacek ended this season with the Carolina Hurricanes. 

VernonNo. 29 Mike Vernon came to the Panthers after Kidd was hurt and was claimed by the Wild in the expansion draft. Vernon finished his career with Calgary – where his number was retired in 2007. He's currently involved in real estate. 

No. 30 Mikhail Shtalenkov spent parts of seven seasons in the NHL but his short stint as the Panthers backup goalie was his last NHL action. Shtalenkov currently lives in Moscow.

No. 44 Rob Niedermayer was traded to Calgary in the Val Bure deal but ended up winning the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. Niedermayer spent this season playing in Switzerland.

BryanGM Bryan Murray was fired early the next season but has landed on his feet serving as GM in Anaheim. Murray is currently the GM of the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators

TerrymurayCoach Terry Murray was fired along with his brother early in 2000-01. Murray spent parts of the past four seasons as coach of the L.A. Kings; he was fired in December.