Tag: Alex Petrovic

Boston Bruins v Florida Panthers

Panthers’ biggest question: Can the old guys hang on while the young guys get better?


The Florida Panthers are a bit of an odd team, in terms of their mix.

They have Jaromir Jagr, who at 43 is the oldest player in the NHL by a considerable margin. They also have a couple of 38-year-olds in Willie Mitchell and Shawn Thornton, plus a couple of 36-year-olds in Roberto Luongo and Brian Campbell.

Yet you can’t call the Panthers an old team. These aren’t the New Jersey Devils we’re talking about here.

Not with 19-year-old Aaron Ekblad, the league’s reigning rookie of the year, and 22-year-old Jonathan Huberdeau, who received the same honor in 2013.

Also, Nick Bjugstad, Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Pirri, Reilly Smith, Vincent Trocheck, Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson, Alex Petrovic, and Dylan Olsen. All of them under 25 years of age.

Oh, and don’t forget Lawson Crouse, the 18-year-old winger that could make the team. And Rocco Grimaldi, the 22-year-old forward who had 42 points 64 AHL games last season.

You get the point.

“We’ve got young players that are very capable of playing for us next year,” said GM Dale Tallon. “We don’t want to shut the door on that. We want those guys to get every opportunity to be on our team. I want to be the youngest team in the league and the best team in the league at the same time.”

The key next season will be for the old guys to hang on while the young guys get better. If that happens, the Panthers have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs, and even making some noise once they get there.

On the other hand, if key veterans like Jagr, Campbell and Luongo start showing their age and/or the youngsters experience too many growing pains, they could stumble.

Related: Roberto Luongo is under pressure

Blackhawks deny rumors of locker room fight

Ottawa Senators v Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are battling the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, but many wonder if they’re also battling each other. If something happened, key figures in the organization are quick to deny it.

Head coach Joel Quenneville said that word of a locker room fist fight is “all news” to him, according to CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers. Myers passes along word from a source that said there’s “no truth” to the rumors.

It sounds like it’s already becoming a running joke among team members, as the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc reports:

Publicly, it seems like the team is bottling this up, but the only people who know what happened for certain were in the Blackhawks locker room.

The good news might just be that the team won’t have to linger on any issues – if there are any – as their plate is pretty full. They’re working to integrate Teuvo Teravainen into the Patrick Kane-less lineup and might make some significant moves as the trade deadline approaches.

One might wonder if they’ll take whatever issues out on Alex Petrovic tonight, even if Quenneville (sort of) denies it.

Petrovic: Chicago will ‘probably seek revenge’ for Kane injury tonight

Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks won’t have to wait long to see Alex Petrovic, the Florida defenseman who’s hit broke Patrick Kane’s collarbone on Tuesday night.

The Panthers and ‘Hawks meet again tonight in Florida, and Petrovic sounds like he knows what’s coming.

“Tonight, obviously, [the Blackhawks] are going to come out hard and probably seek revenge or whatnot,” he said, per TSN. “It’s unfortunate that it happened.”

Petrovic, who was given a cross-checking minor on the play but received no supplemental discipline, said he reached out to teammates (and ex-‘Hawks) Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell to try and reach out to Kane, who underwent surgery yesterday and will miss the next 12 weeks of action.

But that apology might not appease Chicago.

Noted pugilist Dan Carcillo, who last played in Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Boston, could draw back into the lineup for tonight’s affair. The ‘Hawks aren’t scrappers by nature — just 13 team fighting majors this year, third-lowest in the NHL — and outside of Carcillo, the only players with multiple fights are Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw, with two each.

Petrovic, listed at 6-foot-4, 206 pounds, has some experience dropping the gloves. He fought 10 times during his final year of junior (with WHL Red Deer) and has scrapped four times this year between the AHL and NHL.