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Panthers: Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts wanted the chance to finish their careers together. The



Published: Tue, August 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Panthers: Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts wanted the chance to finish their careers together. The Florida Panthers sought savvy veterans to mold their young talent into winners. "It's a very attractive situation," Nieuwendyk said. Indeed, for both sides. The Panthers made the first move in hockey's free agent signing period Monday, signing the four-time All-Star center Nieuwendyk and longtime left wing Roberts away from the Toronto Maple Leafs less than 90 minutes after the window for new moves opened. Nieuwendyk, who's won the Stanley Cup with three franchises, and Roberts will both receive $4.5 million over the next two years from Florida -- which hasn't won a playoff game since 1997. "These two players are consummate professionals and will basically teach our younger players," Panthers general manager Mike Keenan said. "First of all, how to be a professional in many respects -- and how to win." Roberts is 39, Nieuwendyk 38. They join a locker room in Florida stacked with potential, like goaltender Roberto Luongo, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, and centers Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton and Olli Jokinen -- none of whom is older than 26.

Mighty Ducks: Former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Randy Carlyle was selected as the new Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach, completing the makeover of a team that also has changed owners and general manager this year. Carlyle, 49, replaces Mike Babcock, who left the Ducks to become the Detroit Red Wings' coach. Anaheim general manager Brian Burke had said he wanted an aggressive coach. "Since his days as a player in the NHL, Randy has brought intellect, intensity and competitiveness to his work," Burke said. "In a new era of Mighty Ducks hockey, both our young prospects and veterans will be better players with Randy leading them." Carlyle said Burke's philosophy as a general manager will mesh with his style as a coach. "As a team, we will be marked by aggressive play and an uptempo, offensive-minded system," Carlyle said in the team statement. He spent last season as coach of the Manitoba Moose of the AHL after serving as an assistant with the NHL's Washington Capitals. He also has been on the staff of the Winnipeg Jets. Carlyle earlier coached Manitoba from midseason of 1996 through 2001. He had a 222-159-52-7 record in five seasons as coach at Manitoba, while the team was in the IHL and later the AHL. The Moose went 44-26-3-7 last season and reached the semifinals of the Calder Cup playoffs. He also served at times as the team's president and GM. Burke, the GM at Vancouver while Carlyle coached the Canucks' affiliate at Manitoba, was hired by new Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli last month. The Samuelis bought the NHL team from the Walt Disney Co. in February, with the league approving the sale in June. Carlyle, a burly 5-foot-10, 200-pounder during his playing days, spent 18 seasons in the NHL, winding up his playing career in 1993. He won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981. He played 1,055 games with Toronto, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg, finishing with 148 goals and 647 points. Babcock led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup finals two years ago during his first season in Anaheim. They didn't make the playoffs in 2003-04, and last season was canceled because of the NHL lockout. Carlyle becomes the seventh coach for the Ducks, who came into the league as an expansion team in 1993.

Mighty Ducks: Former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Randy Carlyle was selected as the new Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach, completing the makeover of a team that also has changed owners and general manager this year. Carlyle, 49, replaces Mike Babcock, who left the Ducks to become the Detroit Red Wings' coach. Anaheim general manager Brian Burke had said he wanted an aggressive coach. "Since his days as a player in the NHL, Randy has brought intellect, intensity and competitiveness to his work," Burke said. "In a new era of Mighty Ducks hockey, both our young prospects and veterans will be better players with Randy leading them." Carlyle said Burke's philosophy as a general manager will mesh with his style as a coach. "As a team, we will be marked by aggressive play and an uptempo, offensive-minded system," Carlyle said in the team statement. He spent last season as coach of the Manitoba Moose of the AHL after serving as an assistant with the NHL's Washington Capitals. He also has been on the staff of the Winnipeg Jets. Carlyle earlier coached Manitoba from midseason of 1996 through 2001. He had a 222-159-52-7 record in five seasons as coach at Manitoba, while the team was in the IHL and later the AHL. The Moose went 44-26-3-7 last season and reached the semifinals of the Calder Cup playoffs. He also served at times as the team's president and GM. Burke, the GM at Vancouver while Carlyle coached the Canucks' affiliate at Manitoba, was hired by new Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli last month. The Samuelis bought the NHL team from the Walt Disney Co. in February, with the league approving the sale in June. Carlyle, a burly 5-foot-10, 200-pounder during his playing days, spent 18 seasons in the NHL, winding up his playing career in 1993. He won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981. He played 1,055 games with Toronto, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg, finishing with 148 goals and 647 points. Babcock led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup finals two years ago during his first season in Anaheim. They didn't make the playoffs in 2003-04, and last season was canceled because of the NHL lockout. Carlyle becomes the seventh coach for the Ducks, who came into the league as an expansion team in 1993.

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