MacKenzie Named 9th Captain in Franchise History

By Shawn Spatz

Florida Panthers Writer


Derek MacKenzie, who donned the “C” last night in the Panthers’ preseason finale at West Point, was officially name captain tonight. Even though many thought Aaron Ekblad might be named captain, especially following the Edmonton Oilers naming Conner McDavid the youngest captain in NHL history, coach Gerard Gallant said he would not let that affect his decision.  MacKenzie, fresh off a 2-year extension, has worn the A for the club and sees a lot of his time on the penalty kill and 4th line. Mackenzie led the team’s centers in faceoff percentage, and was among the team leaders for short-handed time on ice, blocked shots, and short handed hits. His leadership and ability to do the dirty work, including occasionally dropping the gloves, gave coach Gerard Gallant the ability to name Mackenzie captain. Jussi Jokinen and Ekblad will be the alternates.


Looking at possible Patrick Sharp Trades

By Bobby Bauders


Obviously Patrick Sharp will not be on the Chicago Blackhawks next year. That’s no secret. They can no longer afford him. Let’s look at possible trades.


Florida gets:

Patrick Sharp – Winger


Chicago gets:

Derek MacKenzie – Center

2015 3rd Round Draft Pick – Pittsburgh

2017 3rd Round Draft Pick – Florida


Derek MacKenzie is a cheap replacement for Antoine Vermette. He’s not as good as Vermette, but it’ll do. Chicago asking price is a 2nd round and 3rd round. MacKeznie plus another 3rd in 2017 will have to do. Chance of happening: 35%


Washington is also targeting Sharp.


Washington gets:

Patrick Sharp – Winger


Chicago gets:

2015 3rd Round Draft Pick – Buffalo

2015 4th Round Draft Pick – Washington

2016 3rd Round Draft Pick – Washington

2016 7th Round Draft Pick – Washington


I don’t really see this trade happening. 30% chance. Washington doesn’t really want to pay this much, but it’s possible.


The Pittsburgh Penguins have the greatest chance of getting Sharp. 40% chance.



Patrick Sharp – Winger


Chicago gets:

Chris Kunitz – Winger

2015 5th Round Draft Pick – Pittsburgh


The only problem I see with this is, it’s counter-intuitive. Kunitz is only slightly cheaper than Sharp.