The Florida Panthers held a press conference today to introduce their new players acquired by free agency and through trades. The excitement from the Panthers staff was palpable while their new players were being introduced.
“How about those new Red jerseys?” Dale Tallon asked to a rounding applause at the Florida Panthers Press Conference. “Over the last couple of weeks we have acquired 11 new Panthers, that’s a significant step in our goal of winning the Stanley Cup. These players posses character, passion, dedication and a willingness to win. But most of all, they wanted to be Florida Panthers.”
“I planned on playing in Chicago for a long time, and I enjoyed my time there” said Defenseman Brian Campbell “but I felt there was an opportunity and knowing the Dale was here led me to that decision. The biggest thing about Dale is that he’s not giving you a line, obviously I knew that from our time in Chicago. He asked me to come make this a championship team that has success every year and I think the last few weeks a proof of that…he gave me that chance to get a ring, and now we are going to get another chance to get one here in South Florida.
“Just like everybody has been saying, we saw the direction the team was taking and it was a big step forward with signings and such it became a place I wanted to play, and it is a place I will get a chance to play.” Said Jose Theodore
“We had the opportunity to tour the practice facility, which wasn’t there when I played here,” said defenseman Ed Jovanovski “Seeing the staff that was there when I was there, making me welcome. Just walking into this building and seeing familiar faces. It’s always a place where I’ve consider home…It’s good to come back.”
“It was pretty crazy when I was 21 and we’re with Dale in Chicago and our team is in last place the year prior. He makes a speech and tells us that we’re going to walk the Stanley Cup down Michigan Ave and I thought “this guy is nuts”,” said Kris Versteeg “Three years later that dream came true for the whole organization so I’m a firm believer in him and this organization.”
Also Mike Santos told me that they plan on resigning Ryan Carter, saying we could hear an announcement as early as tonight. That would really round out the team. He also confirmed they will be changing their away jersey to take away the piping, but it will be the same basic design.
It was a great time and I got to catch up with all the new players, Dale Tallon and Mike Santos. I’ll get some of those quotes and interviews up over the next couple of weeks.
Update: The Panthers have now posted the transcript of the press conference if you want to read everything that was said. Click Here
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