Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said Thursday he’ll likely name a captain next season and reiterated his excitement about the 2009-10 season.
DeBoer, speaking to approximately 100 new business prospects at BankAtlantic Center Thursday night, said he was ready to name a captain late last season but didn’t want to disrupt team chemistry.
“We’ll have one next year for sure,” said DeBoer, before adding, “I can’t tell you who it is until I tell him.”
DeBoer, who’s been in staff meetings the past four days looking over free agents and opponent’s prospects in preparation for free agency July 1, reiterated the Panthers need to score more goals 5-on-5 and on the power play. When quizzed about whether defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, an unrestricted free agent, would return next season, DeBoer said; “I don’t believe he’s ruled out coming back.”
DeBoer said after finishing 11 games above .500 last season he’s excited about the new year and whether prospects like Shawn Matthias
, Michal Repik
and Keaton Ellerby
will be ready to step up from the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester, N.Y.
“That’s the beautiful part of hockey,” he said. “Every year you know someone is going to surprise you.” PANTHER ANNOUNCEMENT FRIDAY AT 1 P.M.
The Panthers will announce Friday at 1 p.m., the site of their 2009-10 training camp. Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com for the announcement. QUOTE OF THE DAY
“When it was 4-0 I just feft like I wanted to put a towel on my head and leave.” Capitals forward Tomas Fleischmann
on Wednesday’s 6-2 lopsided loss to the Penguins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. PASSING THOUGHTS
Roger Clemens is out of his mind.
I’m glad Jason Taylor is back in Miami. His work in the community is something more South Florida athletes should try and emulate.
Martin Scorsese will direct a movie about Frank Sinatra. Got to think Keith Richards plays Sinatra?
Man, what happened to Alexander Semin and Mike Green in the Eastern Conference semifinals?