47-Year-Old Center – Free Agent
Joe Nieuwendyk Contract Information:
Signed with the Panthers in August 2005. Retired from hockey in Dec. of 2006.
Due to chronic back problems, Nieuwendyk was forced to announce his retirement Wednesday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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Health is the key for Nieuwendyk, who proved he still has the ability to put up numbers when he's in the lineup. He will continue to be the Panthers' face-off ace and could be good for 60 points if he plays 65 or more games.
Bringing in this cagey veteran gives the Panthers a sorely needed ace for faceoffs. While Nieuwendyk is entering the twilight of his career, his 22/28/50 in 64 games during the 2003-04 season would have easily finished second in scoring on Florida's team. There's no reason he can't put up 50 points again this year, as long as he stays relatively healthy.