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SUNRISE, Fla. (July 5) - Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired a LW Philippe Lefebvre and a seventh round selection (originally Florida’s) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for RW George Parros. The selection was originally traded to Montreal on June 30 at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for pick No. 206 (D MacKenzie Weegar).
Lefebvre, 22, has played in 92 AHL games, recording 18 points (9-9-18) and 20 PIM in two professional seasons with Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Trois-Rivieres, Que native has also recorded 16 points (8-8-16) and 12 PIM in 28 games with Wheeling (ECHL) during the 2012-13 season.
The 5-foot-11, 175-lb winger signed as a free agent by Montreal on Sept. 15, 2009. He completed his junior career in 2010, playing three seasons with Drummondville (QMJHL), registering 174 points (76-98-174) and 130 PIM in 256 games.
SUNRISE, Fla. (July 5) – Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with C Jesse Winchester on a one-year, two way contract.
Winchester, 29, has appeared in 233 National Hockey League games, all with Ottawa, registering 52 points (11-41-52) and 121 PIM. The Long Sault, Ontario, native played in five games with Jokerit (Finland) last year registering three assists.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound forward played four years of college hockey at Colgate University, earning ECAC All-Star team honors in 2008, while also serving as team captain.
SUNRISE, Fla. (July 4) – Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with D Mike Mottau on a one-year, two way contract.
Mottau, 35, has played in 313 National Hockey League games with New York Rangers (2000-2002), Calgary Flames (2002-2003), New Jersey Devils (2007-2010), New York Islanders (2010-2012) and Boston Bruins (2011-2012) registering 58 points (7-51-58) and 160 PIM. The 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman has also played in 19 postseason games with New Jersey and Boston scoring two goals with two assists.
The Quincy, Massachusetts native, played four years at Boston College, earning the Hobey Baker Award, as college hockey’s top player in 2000. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (182nd overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.