Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Florida Panthers Facebook Florida Panthers Twitter Florida Panthers Google+ Florida Panthers Pintrest Florida Panthers Instagram Florida Panthers
News

A Different Season For Nieuwendyk

Wednesday, 08.29.2007 / 8:00 PM / News
Florida Panthers
X
Share with your Friends


A Different Season For Nieuwendyk
By Dave Joseph for floridapanters.com

Summer was different this time.

Joe Nieuwendyk
No arduous workouts. No preparation.

For the first time in 20 years, Joe Nieuwendyk didn’t have to prepare for another NHL season. For the first time in 20 years, Nieuwendyk was nothing more than “a full time dad.”

“It’s been different, no question about that,” Nieuwendyk admitted. “I haven’t had to stress about getting away to get a couple of hours of training in. Other than playing once a week with a group of friends in Ithaca (New York), I’ve been fully committed to being a full time dad.”

While Nieuwendyk hasn’t had to think about playing another season of hockey, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t thought about his next career in the game. The 2007-08 season will mark Nieuwendyk’s first full season as special consultant to Panthers’ GM and coach Jacques Martin.

“It’s something I’m looking forward to,” said Nieuwendyk, who retired in December after chronic back problems curtailed a career in which the four-time All-Star scored 564 goals and played on three different Stanley Cup champions. “I’m looking forward to seeing some of our kids develop and working with Jacques and the team.”

Nieuwendyk signed on as consultant with the Panthers in April. Over the summer he joined the Panthers at the Entry Draft and attended the Panthers’ Teen Ranch for rookies. The future Hall of Famer has been impressed with the team’s youth.

“I think we have some good ones coming up, guys like (Michael) Frolic and (Kenndal) McArdle,” Nieuwendyk said. “I’ve seen some of the guys at camp this summer and I really liked the look of them and I think it’s going to be fun watching these kids progress.”

Martin believes Nieuwendyk’s experience, knowledge and understanding of the game can help the Panthers in countless ways.

“Joe brings so much to the table,” Martin said. “I think he’ll be a tremendous help in looking at some of the players we have in Rochester (of the American Hockey League). I think a major responsibility of his will be helping us evaluate talent, whether it’s younger players or free agents coming up next season.

“You know, Joe has such knowledge of the team. There’s so many different areas he can fit and help us. He loves being involved. He loves being around the game. You’re looking at someone who has won the Stanley Cup with three organizations in Calgary, Dallas and New Jersey. Joe will be a great help.”

When asked if part of his role will be helping younger players to develop into leaders, Nieuwendyk, who scored 30 or more goals eight times in his career, said; “I’ve never tried to be somebody I’m not. I think when you’ve been in the league as long as I have or, say, (friend and former teammate) Gary Roberts has, just being yourself can influence younger players.”

Nieuwendyk, who played his final two years in Florida and had 26 goals (56 points) in 65 games in 2005-06, believes the Panthers can go far if they come together.

“Every year is different whether you win the Stanley Cup or miss the playoffs,” he said. “I think it all depends on how guys jell, and that takes a lot of work. It’a a challenge.

“We went out and got a goaltender (Tomas Vokoun) and some goal scorers. Now you have to pull together as a group. That’s the biggest challenge – coming together and relying on each other.”

Click Here to talk about this topic on the message boards.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
FloridaPanthers.com is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and floridapanthers.com are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.