FLORIDA PANTHERS PRESS RELEASE
We would like to thank Canuck Surfer, gmen81 and Bomba for coming together on these deals, we have been extremely busy the past few days. Once we were able to pull the trigger and acquire Pekka Rinne, we were very active in pursuing all the help we could get for our playoff run.
We would like to thank a few players for their unparalleled contributions to our hockey club.
Corey Crawford: Corey was the last remaining player from the roster that I took over, what was I believe 6 years ago. Corey gave our team such confidence night in and night out, he was not only one of the elite goaltenders in the league, but a great leader and a tremendous person. Corey was a huge part of the culture we have created in Florida and was one of the main reasons we have had such success in the Sunshine State. We wish Corey the best in his recovery as he gets back on track and we hope he can be a force for the Oilers.
Erik Karlsson: There's so much I could say here... Anyone that knows me, knows that I adore Karlsson. Quite honestly, he is personally my favorite player to watch, his skating, puck moving ability is not match-able by anyone, but what has been huge for us is his ability to lead our club, he had grown immensely as a captain, a person, and a player in our organization. Erik's play for us has been nothing short of sensational, he really allowed us to play a style of play that has been very tough to stop around the league. We wish Erik all the success in the world, it was an HONOR to have you on our team for SIX seasons.
Corey and Erik, the entire organization thanks you for everything you have brought to Florida, which includes two CDCGML Playoff championships, and three CDCGML Regular season championships.
Onto the exciting part, we have added a plethora of tremendous hockey players that will be key for us not only this run, but for many years down the road.
Jacob Trouba: As we already have Josh Morrissey on our club, we were hard in pursuit of Jacob, we believe these two have the abilities to be one of the best pairings in the league for a very long time.
Artemi Panarin: We believe Columbus is a good dark horse to go far in the east this year, and adding their best scorer who has proven chemistry with Pat Kane: MONEY!
Tomas Hertl: Size, Skill, versatility, Tomas has it all, he will be huge for our club throughout the lineup.
Brian Dumoulin: Tremendous defenseman on an elite Penguins team, Brian will be able to provide big minutes for us and provide a steady presence to our D core.
Pekka Rinne: One of the top-3 goalies in the NHL on a top-3 team in the NHL, nuff said.
Michal Frolik: Proven chemistry with Matt Tkachuk, great two-way forward that can plug anywhere in our lineup.
Jakub: good depth dman on a contending team, these are the kind of guys that push you over the top in a close playoff series.
Ben: Just like Jakub... Ben gives us the potential of having HALF the IRL Jets D core in our lineup.
Let's do this! Good luck down the stretch everyone!