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A New Role

JoecupoJoe Nieuwendyk -- Stanley Cup champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, former Florida Panther -- is about to add something new to his resume.

The Panthers will announce tonight that the recently retired Nieuwendyk will join their front office as a special consultant to general manager Jacques Martin. What Joe's role will be hasn't been announced; he's going to talk to us tonight at the team's cookout at CSA to expound on his new responsibilities.

Nieuwendyk, 40, retired in December because of chronic back pain. After taking off for a few weeks, he and Martin had a meeting at the arena, and Nieuwendyk was around the team ever since.