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MARKSTROM RESIGNS: Panthers Goalie Gets Two-Year Deal

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The Panthers negotiations with goalie Jacob Markstrom weren't as contentious as some were led to believe as he was signed to a two-year deal on Monday.

Markstrom, 23, will be under a two-way provision in the first year of the contract. His second season will be a one-way deal.

"This is the deal that works for both sides,'' assistant general manager Mike Santos said. "Jacob is, obviously, still a top prospect. As a goaltender sometimes it takes a little longer to develop. I think this was the right deal for him and for us. He's by no means the complete goaltender we hope he will be someday. But, again, he's young.''

Markstrom, a second round pick in 2008, became the Panthers starting goalie last season after Scott Clemmensen struggled and Jose Theodore tore his groin March 2 in Carolina.

"We were forced into that situation last year because of the injury,'' Santos said. "He was thrown into a tough situation. Given the time he came up and all the injuries we had in the short season, I think it was difficult to expect him to come in and play to the best of his abilities.''

Santos said he expects a starting goalie to emerge during training camp and that Markstrom won't be handed the job. That said, the Panthers likely aren't looking for another goalie to come in although that could change.

Santos said he hasn't spoken to Theodore, a free agent, since the end of last season. Theodore said he wanted to come back to the Panthers although that doesn't appear to be a likelihood.

Markstrom wrote he was excited to sign and "can't wait for the season to start!" on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon moments after Santos officially broke the news of the signing.

PHOTO BY JOE RIMKUS JR./Miami Herald Staff

MARKSTROM RESIGNS: Panthers Goalie Gets Two-Year Deal

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I'm glad we resigned Markstrom, but honestly, we need to acquire another goalie who's better (e.g., Thomas, Bryzgalov). Remember last season when our offense was non-existent and our goalies were stinkin up the joint?

Problem is- Cliff Viner is getting all cheap on us and doesn't want to open up his wallet to make us more competitive, which is unfortunate considering we'll probably come in dead last in our new Division.

Hopefully, as the summer progresses, the prices for UFAs will come down and Tallon will be given a little bit of opportunity to address some of our main deficiencies.

No resources, Tallon's hands are tied. We're near The Cap floor, and that's where we'll stay, unfortunately.

Huby..Barkov..????(Muller?)

Fleischmann...Matthias...Crabb(good lord)

Bergenheim...Goc...Kopecky

Upshall...Shore....Butler

Campbell, Weaver, Jovo, Kulikov, Gudbranson, Petro,
Gilroy(Yikes). That's a REALLY good AHL team..oh wait.

Glad to se Markstrom signed... Would be surprised if Vince Trocheck didn't make the team. George, Panthers fans should see this video of Trocheck, I don't think most people down here realize how good he is...
http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/video/index/id/a9ef58ca0bf0c9a0e956cd06779036b9

Possible lines

Fleischmann Matthias Kopecky
Huberdeau Barkov Upshall
Bergenheim Goc Trocheck
Howden Shore Crabb


Puckbubba

Here's how I think Dineen will line them up (if everyone is healthy)...

Offense:

Tomas Fleischmann- Shawn Matthias - Kris Versteeg
Jonathan Huberdeau - Sasha Barkov – Drew Shore
Scottie Upshall - Marcel Goc - Sean Bergenheim
Quinton Howden/Eric Selleck - Nick Bjugstad - Vincent Trochek

Defense:

Brian Campbell - Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Ed Jovanovski/Colby Robak - Alex Petrovic.


The above is based, in part, on who shoots lefty/righty. Selleck will play a little because he's tougher than most on the team. Howden will be sent to AHL if he doesn't start to score goals. Dineen will move Goc up to 2nd line if Barkov struggles. Dineen loves Goc. Dineen will play Upshall on 3rd line (instead of 4th) in order to showcase him for a possible trade. Dineen will put Flash on 1st line (to showcase him as well to trade to dump salary).

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