Florida Panthers Gettin’ Tough

Colorado Avalanche David Koci (L) and New Jersey Devils Andrew Peters engage in an early fight drawing five-minute fighting penalties during the first period at the Pepsi Center in Denver on January 16, 2010. UPI/Gary C. Caskey..

The Florida Panthers announced today the signing of tough guy Andrew Peters to a one year-two way contract.  The 30 year old forward was orignally a second round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1998.

Peters has appeared in 229 games in the NHL for Buffalo as well as the New Jersey Devils registering seven points on four goals and three assists.  But you know and I know the stat that intrigues us is the 650 penalty minutes.  Peters is listed as 6′-4″ and 247 lbs.  While he has yet to play a full season in the NHL, he’s the bruiser that the Panthers feel that they need to add to the lineup.


1) How much will he play?  We all know that head coach Peter DeBoer doesn’t have a soft spot for guys like this, and it hasn’t worked with Wade Belak and Steve MacIntyre before him.  Will this be any different?

2) While I agree and know that the Panthers need toughness, can this guy actually be on this roster?

3) Or should I say, 2A) The talent pool is pretty thin.  I’m not sure that he’ll be here too long and could be building up some frequent flyer miles between Rochester and South Florida.  As I say that, would it be better to try and find a tough guy that actually has some talent other than smashing faces and taking bad penalties for less than five minutes a night?

We’ll see how this unfolds, but at least we’re trying.

Here’s the official announcement from the team’s website.

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  • http://yahoo.com hank

    frank, as all my jewish friends would say “more dreck”

  • Frank Rekas


    Yea. Looking at his stats, he’s never played a full season, has virtually zero chance of scoring more than 3 goals since he’ll see two minutes of ice per night.
    Exactly why we can’t have a guy like him on the roster.

  • slapshot1106

    Smart signing by giving him the 2-way contract. He’s not the best fighter, but he will add some excitement to some games.. It’s much better than doing nothing, and asking guys like Monty and Campbell to take on other heavyweights… That’s not fair to those guys..

    Surely they still need to keep looking for a tough guy that can play a regular shift, but there’s only so many Chris Neils out there.. I’d also like to see them get a Carcillo-type, or at least an everyday semi-heavyweight a la Tarnasky-type… Colton Orr, Cam Janssen, and Shawn Thornton would all be logical signings if available, but at least they didn’t waste big $$$ on Boogaard like NYR…

    • Frank Rekas

      Aaron Asham comes to mind. He’s still out there, could actually play on the third line, and has some talent besides his snarl.
      As this point he would have been perfect. We also have the cap space.

      As for this signing, I would rather have kept Tarnasky.

  • David Simon

    We barely saw Tarnasky that much when we had him and now another “Tough” guy. He will be injured in a matter of 5 games at best because there is no fight in the Panthers anymore. Like a cat without claws in a fight it will be another long season. I have been a fan for over 10 years, but after the last two seasons, it’s like watching high school hockey. No checking at the blue line and hardly any defense, I wouldn’t be suprised to see Vonkoun leave soon: he has to be sick of this.

  • slapshot1106

    Yes I like Asham as a grinding 3rd liner that has some touch, but he’s gonna want a little more $$ because he’s put us some decent #s… So I’d say yes, but if you’re going to sign him, do it for 3 years… Build some team chemistry and let him teach some of the young draft picks the physical aspect of the game…

    As far as Peters, at least they’ve done something. Duco’s an AHLer. Peters is a better player than McIntyre. I know that’s not saying much, but at the very least he’s an insurance policy… He knows his job and it adds some entertainment to a team that desperately needs it.. I still like Tarnasky and the $$ seems right.. At the very least, they should sign him back if they can’t find anyone else…