Sunday, May 30, 2004
By Paul Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
News that Mike Keenan would be replacing Rick Dudley as Florida's general manager stunned much of the hockey world last week.
The only bigger surprise will be if wingers Kristian Huselius and Niklas Hagman are still around when the Panthers report for training camp.
Before being fired as Florida's coach Nov. 9, Keenan made it clear he didn't care for those two, who have more talent than toughness. It is a given that Keenan will try to make the Panthers bigger and more physical up front and chances are that, aside from goalie Roberto Luongo, there are few, if any, untouchables on Florida's depth chart.
Another rumor floating around is Guerin being traded to Florida. That is a deal that I could see happening, as long as Dallas eats part of Guerin's contract. Keenan had a good relationship with Bill in Boston, and Guerin would definately add some scoring and some veteran blood to this team. As far as Isbister...isnt he a UFA this offseason if the Oil dont qualify him? Why not just wait till be becomes a UFA, cause I dont see the Oil qualifying him at $2.1 million.