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SUNDAY NOTES: Tomas Kopecky Comes Close ... Vincent Trocheck Keeps on Scoring

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Florida may have avoided a shootout Saturday as Tomas Kopecky was robbed of a point-blank shot moments after Tomas Fleischmann tied the score at 2 late in the third period.

Coach Kevin Dineen said the play was reviewed and determined the puck didn't go over the line.

Kopecky, still without a goal this season, threw his head in his hands after getting back to the bench in frustration.

"He had a heck of a chance at the end,'' Dineen said. "I would have liked to see that puck go in, find a way into the net.''

-- If Florida is looking for internal improvement, rookie forward Vincent Trocheck has to be at the top of the list. Trocheck had two assists in San Antonio's 5-3 win over Rick DiPietro and the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday night.

Trocheck, who led the Ontario Hockey League with 50 goals last season, leads Florida's AHL affiliate in scoring with six goals and five assists and has seven points off three goals in the past three games.

Although Panthers management has said they would like the 20-year-old to continue maturing in the AHL, for a team that is struggling to score, seeing Trocheck light it up in the minors could be tempting.



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The panthers have to bring Trocheck up. This team plain and simple does not have h goal scorers. Some players, even some with less talent and skill, just have a sixth sense for putting the puck in the net. Trocheck is one of those players.However my experience with the panthers tells me most likely they will trade him for some future draft picks or an injury proned veteran...

george where going no where.they want to draft 1st overall

No reason to rush Trocheck like they are doing with Barkov, Huberdeau and Gudbranson. This team is an absolute joke. The future may be bright for Trocheck but thats about the only bright spot I see.

Markstrom stinks
Gudbranson is a waste of a 3rd overall pick
Howden is Skille 2.0
Bjugstad has no scoring ability

Tallon's first draft has been a complete failure.

Markstrom is not a NHL franchise goalie and I think Tallon knows that but ownership will not cough up the money for another NHL goalie like Theodure.Gudbranson is just an average defenceman --Howden is probably a 4th liner.Too early to tell on Bjugstad.The team has NO confidence in Markstrom and you can just see that and aging Clemmer is no bargain either.Why did they get rid of SKILLE==he gave 100% all the time and was a pleasure to watch.They wont fire Dineen before end of season because they wont pay 2 coaches at once,Tallon will get out of here after next year and this clown Santos will be the new GM.Mark my word.

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