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New Cat Belfour Addresses South Florida Media

Wednesday, 07.26.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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New Cat Belfour Addresses South Florida Media

Shortly after signing with the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, July 25, veteran goaltender Ed Belfour was already on the phone with the South Florida media. Read his comments below.

Younger goalie and opportunity:

I'm coming with a fresh start and I'm looking forward to working with Alex. With any team that I've been successful with it takes two strong goalies to do well in the season and get through the playoffs and I think that's very important. Working with Alex Auld is really something I'm looking forward to. I will try to do the best I can to make this whole team a lot better.

On his back problems:

There is always a concern with my back especially after surgery, but I've done as much rehab as I can. I've been dealing with back problems since 1995 with the Chicago Blackhawks and I've only missed one part of a season because of it. That was last season in Toronto. That's the only time I missed playing really and I don't foresee it as a big problem. My surgery went well, I had the best surgeon in the country and he said that everything went great with my rehab and I should be stronger than ever.

On proving wrong all the doubters:

I think that the people who really know hockey and are smart hockey people know what was going on in Toronto and I am definitely motivated to prove some people wrong. I love proving people wrong and I look forward to getting back into the net and doing exactly that.

On his relationship with Mike Keenan and Jacques Martin:

I obviously have history with Mike Keenan and Jacques Martin going back to when I was a rookie in Chicago and those two gave me a chance. With Mike and Jacques there, I think that really helps the situation. Also Jacques being with Team Canada when we won the gold medal makes me really confident and comfortable that the people in charge have the passion about the game and they are really into winning a Stanley Cup and that's what I'm all about, winning the Stanley Cup. And there's Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts who I played with in Toronto. They are great leaders and great team guys, and I look forward to playing with them again.

On a role as backup:

It takes two guys on a team to do very well in the end and have the team be successful. I have been on a team where one guy gets jealous of the other and it causes problems on the team and it's not very successful. So it has to be very important that we both accept our roles and try to help each other do the best we can for the team. You see it in the past where one guy gets hot and goes with it and if that's Alex at the time, I'll help out and support him. He is a good young goaltender whom I have seen play. Anything I can do, I'm willing to help him and I have been in the playoffs in the past and I've seen that it takes a couple of guys to get the team down the stretch.

On playing more than one more year:

I would love to get a longer deal but because of my age and surgery and the way the CBA is set up now it doesn't make sense for general mangers to sign older players for longer deals. I'm not looking at this as my last season. I'm hoping to play as long as I can. I'm all about winning and helping the team try to win the Stanley Cup. That's how I am and always have been and so if I could play for another 4-5 years, I'd love to.

On being a team leader:

Well I don't think I'm that much of a vocal person. I try to lead by example. I try to work hard and practice in the gym and try to help the younger guys out without stepping on anyone's toes. I have a lot of experience in the league and I can try to pass on some of my experience to the younger goalies in the system and the younger players too. However I can help out in the role I will and I look forward to it.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
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R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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