SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers
announced today that Jacques Martin has reached an agreement to remain with the team as the club’s general manager through the 2011-2012 season.
Martin, 55, joined the Florida Panthers
organization in May of 2004 as the club’s head coach, before assuming the duties of the club’s general manager on Sept. 3, 2006. Since taking over the reigns as general manager, Martin has been responsible for re-tooling the Panthers roster by re-signing numerous key players, along with acquiring key free agent acquisitions. Most notably, he acquired goaltender Tomas Vokoun
in a trade at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, as well as signing center Stephen Weiss
, right wing Nathan Horton
and defenseman Bryan Allen
to long term contract extensions last year.
Martin was also influential in acquiring the Panthers prospect Shawn Matthias
in a trade for Todd Bertuzzi
at the 2007 trade deadline, while also signing free agent center Brett McLean
, right wing Richard Zednik
and right wing Radek Dvorak
. Additionally this past season, Martin acquired defensemen Jassen Cullimore
and Magnus Johansson in order to fill the roster void, left due to injury in the team’s defense, while also acquiring right wing Wade Belak
at the 2008 trade deadline.