[Goaltender Michael] Houser, 19, was in Coral Springs, Fla., for the Panthers’ summer development camp July 2 to July 6. He is currently declining media requests as his agent, Paul Capizzano of MFIVE Sports, continues to work out contractual details with Florida management.
After NHLers Jose Theodore, Scott Clemmensen, and Jacob Markstrom, the Panthers goaltending depth chart is thin, which will help Houser turn pro immediately, [London Knights goalie coach Bill] Dark says.
Hopefully if we can win some games and create some more interest, it’ll pick up.
You can’t blame the overreaction to what Florida and decisive general manager Dale Tallon have done. I don’t. I get it. The Panthers have been flat-lining for years, ice symbolically melting in the tropical sun. When you last made the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2000 and last won a playoff game in 1997, you have forfeited any claim to relevance.
A decade-plus in a coma and the slightest murmur or eyelid twitch is big news — any change is good — so, naturally, the Panthers are right to feel reborn by the nine new players being introduced, along with the recent hiring of Kevin Dineen as coach.
"I'm really excited to be a Panther. This is by far the most we've done since I've been here. This is change that's been needed. It's going to be a brand new team, guys have a lot to prove. This is awesome to see. I want to be part of this process. I know things are going to change around here. These guys want to win. Man, it's exciting.''
Another #NHL jackpot winner in the state Florida. #Panthers who acquired Tomas Kopecky for a draft pick agrees to a 4 year/ 12M deal.
A good source tells me former #CBJ assistant Gord Murphy will replace Mike Kitchen on the Florida Panthers coaching staff.