Eye of the Hurricane

February 26, 2011

Another Panthers Captain Gone

Filed under: Uncategorized — eadeutsch @ 10:36 pm
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With the trade of Brian McCabe to the New York Rangers for Tim Kennedy and a third-round pick, the Panthers more or less officially give up on another season and go into sale mode.

More significant than this trade is what it continues to symbolize, which is an organization that does not value the players it anoints with the emblematic “C” on the jersey.

Here is a list of every Florida Panther Captain and their fate:

  • Brian Skrudland, the team’s first Captain, was released in 1997.
  • Scott Mellanby was traded to the St. Louis Blues in 2001.
  • Pavel Bure was traded to the New York Rangers in 2002.
  • Olli Jokinen–the longest tenured captain–was traded to Phoenix in 2008.
  • Brian McCabe traded to the New York Rangers in 2011.

Tim Kennedy has now been with three teams in less than a year.  He was with the Rangers’ minor league team this season.

The Panthers sit in twelfth place in the Eastern Conference, eight points beneath eighth place Carolina, and with the loss of a major defensive force and the team’s leader, Florida can count another season of irrelevance.  They have not been in the playoffs since the 1999-2000 season.



  1. Sad to see McCabe leave the Panthers. I bet he wasn’t expecting it either.

    Comment by Toma (3:10 To Overtime) — February 27, 2011 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

    • I’m certain he was surprised, but he’s automatically in a better situation. He’ll be playing in front of packed home arenas and in games that actually mean something. He’s got an opportunity to shine in New York with Marc Staal, who anchored the blue line, injured. Big boost to the Rangers’ power play and they gave up loose change to get him.

      Comment by eadeutsch — February 27, 2011 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

      • I’m not gonna lie, from my standpoint it looks like the Panthers aren’t really using the trade process well to their advantage. They seem to be giving more value than they’re getting in return.

        Comment by Toma (3:10 To Overtime) — February 27, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

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