Daily Archives: March 15, 2013
The Florida Panthers have announced that they’ve acquired defenceman T.J. Brennan from the Buffalo Sabres for a fifth round pick. Brennan was drafted in the second round by Buffalo in the 2007 draft, has appeared in 10 games so far with the Sabres this season with one goal that was scored on the power play. Brennan is a left handed shot, and is listed as 6′-1″ and 214 lbs. There’s an offensive upside to Brennan as he has had success scoring goals in the AHL with Rochester and Portland in the AHL, as well as during his time in juniors with St. John’s. Brennan will be no stranger to head coach Kevin Dineen. Dineen coached Brennan for two seasons at Portland and is obviously familiar with what the young defenceman can do.
Last week, the Anaheim Ducks made headlines both in the NHL and the world of finance when they re-signed star center Ryan Getzlaf to a 8-year, $66 million contract extension. The $8.5 million cap puts Getzlaf tied with Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes as the 3rd highest cap hit of any center in the NHL, only behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Although he isn’t quite at the level of players a Sidney Crosby or John Tavares, Getzlaf is still widely considered to be an elite center and the Anaheim Ducks decided to pay him like he is one. Considering this is the first mega-deal since the ink has dried on the new CBA, this mammoth contract will set the stage for the entire 2013 offseason as free agents look for the biggest cash grabs around the NHL.
And that’s where Panthers’ center Stephen Weiss comes into play…
Heading into the 2013 offseason, Weiss will be one of the most coveted free agent forwards in the entire NHL as teams scramble to bid for the services of the talented two-way center. While clearly Weiss is not in the same class as Ryan Getzlaf, the fact remains that many NHL team’s will want a player like Weiss to anchor their 2nd line during the 2013-2014 season.
Luckily for Stephen Weiss and his wallet, the veteran forward will be a big fish in a small pond this offseason as only a handful of quality centers will be heading towards unrestricted free agency. Weiss will be near the top of a free agent class consisting of centers such as Mike Ribeiro, Nik Antropov, Tyler Bozak and Derek Roy – hardly a group of superstars, but still very coveted players.
What better way to spend your lunch break than catching up on all of last night’s amazing NHL action that you may have missed! Here are the top stories and videos from the all of yesterday’s action around the NHL.
- Shawn Matthias had maybe the best goal of the entire NHL season last last night - check it out below!
- The NHL owners have approved realignment for next season. [CBS Sports]
- Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider - funny video. [YouTube]
- The Anaheim Ducks paid a practice goal $500 to ride the bench during their 2-1 victory over the Wild. [LA Times]
- New York Rangers’ coach John Tortorella’s top 10 sound bites. [TSN]
- Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier is heading to the IR with a lower-body injury. [NHL.com]
- Kris Letang may be the Penguins’ Kobe Bryant. [The Hockey Writers]
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If you’re a fan of goals, be sure to tune in early to watch every Florida Panthers game as you’re practically guaranteed to see one. Coming into Thursday night’s 4-1 loss against against the Boston Bruins, the Panthers had allowed a goal in the opening four minutes in four consecutive games, usually in the first five shots allowed. Zdeno Chara kept the dubious streak alive 3:53 into the game on Boston’s fourth shot when his point shot blast beat Scott Clemmensen for a 1-0 lead.
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