Panthers hire John Madden as a pro scout


The Florida Panthers signed a “proven winner” in goalie Tim Thomas, but he’s not the only Stanley Cup champion they added to the mix. The team also added retired forward John Madden as a pro scout on Thursday.

“We are thrilled to have John join our scouting staff,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. “He is a three-time Stanley Cup winner and brings to our organization a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game.”

The 40-year-old played his last NHL games with the Panthers in 2011-12, collecting three goals in 31 games played.

He’s best known for his long term with the New Jersey Devils (where he won two Stanley Cups) and added a championship with Chicago in 2010, too. He also played 76 games for the Minnesota Wild in his penultimate campaign in 2010-11.

(Some might remember him for a few embarrassing photos with Patrick Kane, too.)

Overall, he played in 13 NHL seasons. Not bad for an undrafted free agent.

Madden spent last season scouting for the Montreal Canadiens, so he already has some experience with this type of gig.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?