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Going Back in Time

Future At least Radek Dvorak won't have to go far for the Panthers' 1996 reunion.

Sunday, the Panthers signed the former Panther to a two-year deal. Terms coming as soon as Dvorak's agent tells TSN what they were.

Dvorak, 30, played with the Panthers from 1995-99. He made his debutDvorak with the Panthers in 1995 and stayed with the team until being traded to the Rangers.

Dvorak has played in 11 seasons with the Cats, Rangers, Oilers and Blues. Last year, his first with St. Louis, Dvorak scored 10 goals with 27 assists in 82 games. In 828 games, Dvorak has 171 goals with 278 assists.

-- According to the Panthers, both Dvorak and Zednik are in Europe and won't be available for comment today. We'll get quotes from both sometime Monday. We'll be getting McLean in a little bit after we talk to Jackie. Will post some quotes from both in a bit.

-- Oh, also hear the TSN rumor that Olli Jokinen might be headed to Calgary is completely unfounded. Sounds like old Mike is trying to stir some things up.

UPDATE: "I would like to know where they get this stuff,'' Jacques said. "It must be someone in an office somewhere.'' When I joked that the office may be in Calgary, Jacques laughed. "My old buddy, eh?"

-- Big news out of Philly is that Danny Briere is joining the Flyers. Boy, they sure didn't like sucking did they? The Flyers are look like the kings of this offseason. They have reloaded and rebounded quite nicely. Briere gets $6.5 mil which is below what some pundits had him going for.

The key, however, is this: the deal is for eight -- yes friend, eight -- seasons. Guaranteed. As Borat would say, "Very Nice!"

-- As much as I love Texas Pete hot sauce, I have about had it with the one ad they show about 10 times an hour on Florida Marlins' telecasts. Geez, we get it: the hot sauce is good on just about everything. Enough already! Spend some money, film another ad. And change the music, too.

-- PS: The few fans at Joe Robbie Stadium just booed Armando Benitez off the field after another rough outing against the Braves. At least they care.



-- Hey there: The Lightning just got a little tougher. The Bolts announced Sunday that it has signed winger Michel Ouellet to a two-year deal. The 25-year-old is just coming into his own and can score some goals. He kind of priced himself out of Pitt, but should be a good fit among the scorers over on the other coast.

"Michel Ouellet is a goal scorer and has been throughout every level of his career,” GM Jay Feaster said in an email addressed only to me. OK, that's not true. "He is extremely effective on the power play and he has a knack for burying his chances in the offensive zone. We feel his game is best suited to playing in a top-two line role and he will get that opportunity in Tampa. The fact he played junior hockey with Brad Richards in Rimouski is a real plus, as we believe there will be good chemistry between the two, and he knows how to win. For all of these reasons we feel strongly that Michel is the right fit for our hockey team.”

-- How about Scotty Gomez coming across the Hudson to play for the Blueshirts? ESPN.com says Gomez is off to the Rangers. So there you are.

-- Anyone else notice that the Panthers' 2006-07 calendar has Ed Belfour and Alex Auld sharing the month of June? Well, I found it humorous. Now, off to July with Mike Van Ryn and Steve Montador!