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Panthers hire John Madden as a pro scout

Sep 26, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers signed a “proven winner” in goalie Tim Thomas, but he’s not the only Stanley Cup champion they added to the mix. The team also added retired forward John Madden as a pro scout on Thursday.

“We are thrilled to have John join our scouting staff,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. “He is a three-time Stanley Cup winner and brings to our organization a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game.”

The 40-year-old played his last NHL games with the Panthers in 2011-12, collecting three goals in 31 games played.

He’s best known for his long term with the New Jersey Devils (where he won two Stanley Cups) and added a championship with Chicago in 2010, too. He also played 76 games for the Minnesota Wild in his penultimate campaign in 2010-11.

(Some might remember him for a few embarrassing photos with Patrick Kane, too.)

Overall, he played in 13 NHL seasons. Not bad for an undrafted free agent.

Madden spent last season scouting for the Montreal Canadiens, so he already has some experience with this type of gig.

  1. philly4lyfe - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    the team that scores the most goals will usually win the game. classic maddenism.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      LOL, I’d love to see Madden call some hockey.

      “When you have great players, playing great, well that’s great hockey!”

      “Hey, Chara is the biggest guys on the ice, He’s bigger than everybody else, and that’s what makes him the biggest guys on the ice.”

  2. lowenni - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    This guy always flew under the radar during his career, he was one of the best two-way forwards of the 2000’s. And one of the most underrated defensive forwards ever. Wish him best of luck as a scout

  3. esracerx46 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Madden won a Selke. Thats pretty damn impressive. Especially nowadays where it seems to be considered the best defensive forward, you need some high level offensive skill too.

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