Jack Skille Signs With Blue Jackets

After not receiving a qualifying offer from the Florida Panthers prior to the start of free agency, former 7th overall pick Jack Skille has reportedly signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. According to TSN’s Aaron Ward, Skille’s contract is a two-way deal which hints that he very likely could be spending the majority of the 2013-2014 season with Colubmus’ AHL affiliate, Springfield Falcons.

A former first round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks by current Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon, Skille was never fully able to reach the expectations that came with his draft position. Hopefully for both Skille and Tallon, this move will provide both with some closure on a project that never came to fruition.

In Skille’s final season with the Panthers he recorded 12 points (3G 9A) in 40 games played.

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Peter Mueller Does Not Receive Qualifying Offer From Panthers

On Tuesday, the immediate future of several Florida Panthers was revealed as Executive VP/GM Dale Tallon announced that the club has extended qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents: D Michael Caruso, F Shawn Matthias, G Jacob Markstrom, F Jon Rheault, D Colby Robak and F Scott Timmins.

While seeing some of these names may be a relief to many Panthers’ fans, there is one important person missing from this list, forward, Peter Mueller. After having concussion related issues for the majority of his young career, the Panthers signed the 25-year-old Mueller to a $1,725,000 low-risk contract – a move that would pay off in spades. Finally free of health concerns, Mueller made the most of his opportunity in South Florida – scoring 17 points (8G 9A) in 43 games, while also proving to be a valuable weapon in shootouts.

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‘Twas the Night Before the Draft

Twas the night before the Draft as I sat in “The Rock”

Comparing Jones and Mackinnon in TSN’s latest Mock

Sure Jones plays defense and has talent to spare

But Mackinnon is much desired if he fell there

The Panthers still wait as they ponder their pick

Hoping the Avalanche and Sakic are simply pulling a trick

But Also in waiting are the Bolts and Preds

Both looking for trades to move ahead

With each tweet by the all-knowing Bob McKenzie

The hockey world  and twitter go into a frenzy

Rumors are received with such passion and vigor

Fans now only waiting for their team to pull the trigger

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It’s Time For Dale Tallon and Jack Skille To Part Ways

Jack Skille (Wikipedia / Matt Mcinnis edit)

Jack Skille (Wikipedia / Matt Mcinnis edit)

With NHL free agency set to begin on July 5th, teams around the NHL will soon be faced with the tough task of evaluating just how much their current stock of both restricted and unrestricted free agents are worth. Given their often uncertain futures, most impending free agents will be looking for the biggest cash grab they can find – as it may end up being their last big payday in the NHL. While some players are willing to accept the price tag that their current team places on them, other skaters often seek greener pastures – and I of course am referring to the green tint of cash.

Of all of the Panthers’ upcoming free agents this offseason, none are more tightly linked to current General Manager Dale Tallon than 26-year-old RW Jack Skille. While many fans remember Dale Tallon as the man whose drafting of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane led to the resurgence of the Blackhawks franchise, most forget that he first placed his hopes with another young skater – the aforementioned Jack Skille.

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Evaluating the Florida Panthers’ Trade Assets

With a 7-16-6  record and 11 points out of a playoff spot, it’s safe to assume that the Florida Panthers may be leaning toward being sellers as the April 3rd deadline approaches. Sadly, a plethora of injuries have robbed the Panthers’ of their three best trade assets – Stephen Weiss, Kris Versteeg and Jose Theodore.

However, even with their best pieces no longer a part of the equation, don’t expect the Panthers to be quiet on the trade market. The Panthers still have several serviceable players that any playoff bound team would love to add to their roster in hopes of tipping the scales come May.

Listed below are several Panthers’ forwards and why they may or may not be moved before the deadline.

Jack Skille

SkilleHeading into restricted free agency next season, forward Jack Skille could add some energy and talent to any team looking to strengthen their 3rd line heading into the playoffs. In recent games and throughout most of the season, Skille has been a force to be reckoned, both at even strength and on the penalty kill.

In 27 games this season, Skille has compiled 10 points (3G 7A) – including 5 points in his last 6 games alone. Clearly a player like Skille could be an important part of the Panthers’ future as a solid 3rd line skater, but the team could be persuaded to move him if the right offer is presented.

Although Skille has been a project for General Manager Dale Tallon since he originally drafted the young skater back in 2005, the time may have finally come for Tallon and Skille to part ways.

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Florida Panthers’ Goal Songs I’d Like to See

At some point during every NHL season, hockey fans take to the internet to give their opinions and thoughts about how their team should be run. Everything from who should be traded to how the team’s lines should be set up, every base is covered from the top of the organization to the bottom. While this may be a fun way to have interesting arguments about your team, I have found another way to hypothetically meddle in your team’s affairs – by playing the role of “Armchair DJ”.

For the most part, arena music has become stale and predictable while lacking creativity. However, it doesn’t have to be that way and I am sure like myself you all have your own ideas for music that would tie in perfectly with your favorite team or player. It is in that spirit that I give you the goal songs that I would like to be played after each respective Panther skaters puts one in the net.

Jonathan Huberdeau

Song: Johnny B Good (Chuck Berry)

Mike Weaver

Song: Dream Weaver (Gary Wright)

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Late Collapse Doom Panthers Again

I’m no mathematician but I’d be willing to be that the odds of scoring five goals in a National Hockey League and losing game are pretty slim. That said, I’d imagine the chances of it happening twice within five days are about the same as Wayne Gretzky showing up on my doorstep, asking me to teach him how to be awesome at hockey (Hey Great One, I have spare time if you ever need me). Yet, there were the Florida Panthers late Saturday afternoon, looking up at a scoreboard that read Tampa Bay 6 – Florida 5 in overtime.
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The Questions Keep Coming In: The Monday Mailbag.

Welcome to the second installment of Panther Parkway’s “Monday Mailbag, where you our very loyal readers and followers ask me some questions in hopes to find an answer to what may be troubling you, or causing you to lose a bit of sleep at night.

1) What’s the next move for the NHL and players?

How about scheduling a meeting to talk?  Without any formal discussions planned to get to a settlement, this work stoppage is going to drag on.  It appears that the owners are getting ready to dig in their heals, and seem to be willing to let an entire season slip away.  Or at least that’s the impression they are giving.  While that may not be entirely true, the players on the other hand are acting just as stubborn.  This is all about money.  Not much else.  Both sides must get it through their heads that actions speak louder than words and by nothing happening, the message is being sent.  One of which the fans are at wit’s end about.

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