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A perennial rebuilder, Derek MacKenzie excited for chance to help turn around Panthers

Derek MacKenzie has been down this road before. A fixture on perennial rebuilders throughout his 10-plus years in the NHL, the veteran center has made a living playing on the fourth line with up-and-coming organizations. Now, as the 33-year-old begins the next chapter of his career with the Florida Panthers, MacKenzie is once again excited to be a part of what he considers to be...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Panthers' Derek MacKenzie takes advantage of rare power-play time

Panthers fourth-line center Derek MacKenzie is known for his faceoff and penalty-killing prowess so when desperate coach Gerard Gallant called his number to join the power-play unit late in the second period Saturday night, he was surprised to say the least. Seconds later MacKenzie, who was planted firmly in front of Devils goalie Cory Schneider, took a perfect centering pass from...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets season capsule

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS LAST SEASON: 43-32-7, 93 points. Eliminated in first round of playoffs by Pittsburgh in 6 games. COACH: Todd Richards, fourth season with the Blue Jackets, 85-70-16; 5th overall in NHL. ADDED: LW Scott Hartnell, RW Jerry D'Amigo, RW Brian Gibbons. LOST: LW R.J. Umberger, C Derek MacKenzie, RW Jack Skille. PLAYER TO WATCH: C Brandon Dubinsky. With two of...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 Florida Panthers capsule

FLORIDA PANTHERS LAST SEASON: 29-45-8, 66 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 15th in the Eastern Conference. COACH: Gerald Gallant, 1st season with Panthers; 4th overall in NHL, 56-76-4. ADDED: C Jussi Jokinen, C Dave Bolland, D Willie Mitchell, G Al Montoya, C Derek MacKenzie, LW Shawn Thornton. LOST: D Tom Gilbert, C Scott Gomez, C Marcel Goc, D Ed Jovanovski, G Tim Thomas...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Depth breeds training camp competition for Florida Panthers

Florida Panthers players are preparing for battle. The prize? A future in Sunrise. With a mixture of budding young talent and veteran free agent signings, roster spots will no longer be handed to the most affordable option. Players will be forced to battle for every inch knowing that the numbers in their contract won't outweigh those in the stat sheet. No player is above the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers Depth Chart 2014 2015

Fantasy Pool Guide 2014-15 $9.99 Florida Panthers C 1. Aleksander Barkov  2. Nick Bjugstad  3. Dave Bolland  4. Derek MacKenzie  5. Brandon Pirri  L 1. Jussi Jokinen  2. Jonathan Huberdeau  3. Tomas Fleischmann  4. Sean Bergenheim  R 1. Brad Boyes  2. Scottie Upshall ...
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Columbus Blue Jackets

Last year: 43-32-7, fourth in the Metro Division. Eliminated by the Penguins in the first round. Key additions: Scott Hartnell, Brian Gibbons Key subtractions: R.J. Umberger, Jack Skille, Derek MacKenzie, Blake Comeau, Nikita Nikitin Franchise direction: The Jackets are happy as clams with the way things are going after they made a surprise postseason appearance and gave Pittsburgh...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking Teams By Their Center Strength

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, We looked at the presumptive top-four centers on each team—with the understanding that some players will move in and out of the position—to see which club will dress the most impactful group of pivots in the coming season. 30- FLORIDA PANTHERS ALEKSANDER BARKOV-NICK BJUGSTAD-DAVE BOLLAND-DEREK MACKENZIE There's no 1-2...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2013/14 Season Review: Derek MacKenzie

#487482101 / gettyimages.com I started writing this piece before Derek MacKenzie unceremoniously left the Blue Jackets. Reading it I started thinking to myself about not only the player but the person. He always had great character and seemed like the quintessential Jacket. Hard working, hard hitting and great with the fans. He was a player that never quit on a play and it showed...
Via BS Hockey
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Won’t Stop Doing Things by   Bradshaw Furlong

The Florida Panthers continue to sign players as they’ve signed Derek MacKenzie to a three-year contract worth $1.3 million per year. MacKenzie, 33, has played just over 300 career NHL games and spent the last five years in Columbus. He was drafted in the fifth-round by the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999. Follow me on Twitter, @BShaw27.
Via The Hockey House
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers sign Derek MacKenzie

Veteran Derek MacKenzie the latest @FlaPanthers free agent acquisition. Signed 3-year, $3.9 million, per @Sportsnet. — Alain Poupart (@apoupartFins) July 1, 2014
Via Kukla's Korner
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie Takes Time To Meet Fans

Columbus Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie took time to give back and meet fans for Front Street Friday. The 32-year-old center understands the importance of giving back to fans that hopefully translates to his teammates. Watch MacKenzie sign some autographs for those who stand behind the Columbus Blue Jackets. The post Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie Takes Time To Meet Fans appeared first...
Via Beyond The Benches
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game One. Penguins beat Blue Jackets 4-3.

Derek MacKenzie had just scored on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 3-1 Jackets early in the second. Groans were being used as currency in CONSOL. But then the beast awoke. More specifically, the Pens’ PP awoke. They answered the 3-1 deficit by scoring twice in the next 1:36. The PP went 2 for 3 on the night and gave up a shorty while the Jackets’ PP went 1 for 4. The Jackets...
Via The Pensblog
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Round 1 Game 1 VS Blue Jackets

The Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Columbus Blue Jackets in-game one at the Consol Energy Center. The Blue Jackets didn’t look like a nervous team when Jack Johnson scored 6:20 into the 1st period to give them a 1-0 lead. Jussi Jokinen tied the game at 1, but 45 seconds later Mark Letestu scored a power play goal to give the Blue Jackets a 2 to 1 lead after the First Period. Forty...
Via KC Sports Ninja
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Good showing not good enough for CBJ

PITTSBURGH - It remains possible, maybe even likely, that a couple of the eight first-round series in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs will be total duds. Pittsburgh-Columbus will not be one of them. One game is in the books, and it went in the favor of the home team. The Penguins dominated the third period and used a Brandon Sutter wrist shot to secure the winning margin in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

(Video) Brad Malone vs Derek MacKenzie Fight

s/t to The Whistler who sent me this video in an email today. Brad Malone absolutely works Derek MacKenzie. Not even a close fight; Malone also scored a goal as well.
Via Goon's World
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Players policing the ice

Muscle for the 2013-14 Rangers During Friday night’s melee against the Blue Rangers Jackets, we certainly saw something we weren’t used to seeing since the departure of our captain at the very latest; we saw heart and a team playing with passion. We also saw an instance of a hard, borderline hit which rocked one of our players so hard he hasn’t played since with a questionable...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Late goal lifts Blue Jackets past Canadiens

  MONTREAL (AP) -- Ryan Johansen scored late in the third period to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over Montreal on Thursday night, ending the Canadiens' three-game winning streak.     Derek MacKenzie and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, made 25 saves while starting the Blue Jackets' 16th straight...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 2-1 shootout win over the Wild

One: Sergei Bobrovsky kept Columbus in the game with stellar saves all night long. His performance was eerily reminiscent of last year's stretch run. Timely saves, with many of the outstanding variety, paved the way for the team to win it in the shootout. A little puck luck with bounces and rebounds didn't hurt, either. Two: The best line for the Blue Jackets tonight was...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets down Red Wings with 3 third-period goals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rookie Boone Jenner and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 40 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night. Nick Foligno and Derek MacKenzie also had goals and Nathan Horton had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won five of six. Columbus was playing...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings fall in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rookie Boone Jenner and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 40 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night. Nick Foligno and Derek MacKenzie also had goals and Nathan Horton had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won five of six. Columbus was playing...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek MacKenzie still waiting for his first taste of the NHL playoffs

Derek MacKenzie has never been there. Actually, he's only "almost" been there once. We speak, of course, of the NHL playoffs. At the age of 32, the Columbus Blue Jackets forward is still waiting -- somewhat patiently (but not really) to play his first NHL playoff game. He played one game in the Blue Jackets 2008-09 season, but it wasn't in the team's first and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Blue Jackets will welcome right wing Marian Gaborik

Out since Dec. 21 with a broken collarbone, Gaborik will open on a line with left wing Mark Letestu and center Derek MacKenzie. He will be on the No. 1 power play unit with center Ryan Johansen and wing Nathan Horton. "I expect him to come out hard and play hard," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "And if he does that, he's going to play fast and generate...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Johansen's 2 goals push CBJ past Capitals, 5-2

Ryan Johansen scored twice and Derek MacKenzie, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson also had goals to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing skid. Jack Johnson and Fedor Tyutin each had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who had totaled six goals in those last three games. MacKenzie's goal was short...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Johansen's 2 goals push CBJ past Capitals, 5-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Johansen scored twice and Derek MacKenzie, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson also had goals to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing skid. Jack Johnson and Fedor Tyutin each had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who had totaled six goals in those last three games. MacKenzie...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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