Saturday, September 10, 2011

Panthers News: Rookie Camp, Stillman Retires and Matthias Returns

Two-time Cup winner Corey Stillman decided to hang up the skates and join the Panthers as Player Development Assistant. Injuries last year seem to have forced the veteran to retire. Stillman, I believe, will be a great addition in this capacity. He brings a wealth of experience and is known for his hard work and edge. If Stillman can help instill in the youngsters this, the Panthers will be better for it. Full story from the Panthers website here.

Panthers also announced that they have re-signed center Shawn Matthias to a two-year contract. The financial terms of his deal, and whether it is a one-way or two-way deal, have not been disclosed. Matthais, 23, had 16 points in 51 games last year. Matthias projects to be a good two way bottom 6 center with size. Link to story from Panthers.

Friday marked the opening of Rookie Camp for the Cats, consisting of medical evaluations. Today was the first day of on-ice. New coach Kevin Dineen had this to say of the first day, “They were strong on their execution and I think it made for a pretty good first day for us." Link to full story with more quotes.

Rookie camp entails a little more than just practice. The Nashville Predators' rookies and Tampa Bay Lightning's rookies will join the Panthers' rookies in a tournament. 

Here is the link to the .pdf file containing the information on Rookie Camp participants for the Panthers. 

Huberdeau, Gudbranson, Howden, and goalie Markstrom headline the camp.

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