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Two scenes from Saturday night acting as summation of the Panthers 17th NHL season:Leading goal scorer David Booth grabbed a fluttering puck, dropped it in front of an empty net and clanked the post. Assistant general manager Mike Santos, after spending the game in the Panthers coaches’ box with general manager Dale Tallon, strode toward the locker room with the smile of a boy heading for a playdate.
Four months ago the Trade Iggy Movement (TIM) based its eloquent argument on a belief the 33-year-old captain “sucked.”
Extensions of that rationale suggested he was “too old,” “past his prime” and was no longer a leader.
Such notions have since been quieted after the local icon carried the team on his back for an exciting turnaround that saw him finish amongst NHL scoring leaders as one of the game’s most dominant forces once again.
The fall guy: Clouston, assistants fired after loss to Bruins
Panthers relieve DeBoer of coaching duties
You know those Ilya Bryzgalov-to-Toronto rumors we raised in our unrestricted free-agent primer Friday? Forget about ‘em. A source told ESPN.com on Saturday that there is “no way” Toronto would chase Bryzgalov this summer.
You might want to get used to seeing Dwayne Roloson in a Lightning uniform, because all things being equal, and if things can be worked out, there is a good chance the 41-year-old goaltender will be back next season.