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2 Minutes For: DeBoer & Friday Announcement

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
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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.”


The Panthers will announce Friday at 1 p.m., the site of their 2009-10 training camp. Stay tuned to for the announcement.


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