LOTTERY LOSS: Florida Panthers Drop to Second in NHL Draft as Avs Win Lottery

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Bouwmeester will make his postseason debut with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday against the defending champion Kings; Horton won the 2011 Stanley Cup championship with the Bruins. Since 2001, the Panthers have had eight top-10 picks. Of those, all but Rostislav Olesz were in the league last season but just three remain with the organization. Florida had all five of its top selections from 2008-11 in the lineup at some point this season — including No. 3 picks Erik Gudbranson (2010) and Jonathan Huberdeau (2011). Whomever is taken on June 30 could be in the lineup come October although the Panthers made both Gudbranson and Huberdeau wait a year before coming up to the big club. “You see it coming but I want to win now and I don’t want to wait for years to pass,” defenseman Brian Campbell said of Florida’s youth. “Look at a guy like Huberdeau who solidified his spot here and is a top six forward in this league. We expect great things from his next year. source:

Calder finalist Huberdeau has hip surgery

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Florida Panthers to host NHL Draft by 2016 with new scoreboard

A preview of what the new scoreboard in Florida will look like. (FlaPanthers Instagram)

With the new scoreboard the franchise will also get the NHL Entry Draft in a couple of years, has confirmed. As part of their pitch to the county for the bond, the Panthers presented a list of events ( acquired by the Miami Herald ) that would come to the arena with a new scoreboard. At the top of the list was the draft in 2014, 2015 or 2016. A league source confirmed the NHL committed to bringing the draft to Florida in the near future if the new scoreboard is installed. Since the 2014 draft is already scheduled to take place in Philadelphia, it means Florida will host the draft in either 2015 or 2016. The Panthers held the draft at their arena in Sunrise in 1999. In addition to getting the draft, the source said there is also a chance the NHL All-Star Game will come to Florida, though the Panthers were given no guarantees. From the sounds of it, though, you can expect that Florida will be the host to the NHL’s best relatively soon –certainly after Columbus gets its game. BB&T Center is owned by Broward County but the Panthers pay for arena maintenance. The expense for a new scoreboard was a bit more than they could handle so they turned to the county for help with the promise of these events as a carrot. There were other events too, such as a Jehova’s Witnesses gathering that were said to come only with a new scoreboard. source:

NHL’s Florida Panthers take on Broward County over $4.2 million scoreboard for BB&T Center The Florida Panthers will ask the Broward County Commission Tuesday for $4.2 million to buy a new scoreboard and master control for the county-owned BB&T Center in Sunrise. The team will have at least one detractor: County Auditor Evan Lukic said Monday the team should pay for the upgrade. Lukic also plans to present a report questioning the organization’s accounting practices. “They are responsible for replacing the scoreboard,” Lukic said. “We are not. They have other means in which to pay for it.” Panthers President Michael Yormark, said the landlord — Broward County — should pay for such a major upgrade. The Panthers, in the middle of a 30-year lease with the county, play under the same scoreboard the arena opened with in 1998. The new scoreboard would feature super-sized high definition screens sandwiched between two LCD ribbon rings. The arena, Yormark says, desperately needs the upgraded video and audio capability. “We have puts tens of millions of dollars into this building since it has opened,” Yormark said. “The county has not put one dollar into this building as a gift or as capital improvement. Not one. source:

Panthers Will Ask Broward for $4.2 Million Scoreboard

But in comparison to the Miami Dolphins’ recent ask for funds to renovate Sun Life Stadium , the Panthers’ request is tiny. But though the county owns the 15-year-old arena, one county official says the Panthers should be on the hook for the scoreboard, The Miami Herald reported Monday . “They are responsible for replacing the scoreboard,” County Auditor Evan Lukic told the Herald. “We are not. They have other means in which to pay for it.” Not so, say the Panthers. “We have puts tens of millions of dollars into this building since it has opened,” Yormark said. “The county has not put one dollar into this building as a gift or as capital improvement. Not one. We’ve taken loans out, but we’re responsible for those. It’s their building. They own it.” The Panthers are in the middle of a 30-year lease with the county to play at the BB&T Center. Complete Sports Coverage “The scoreboard is a permanent fixture. source:


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