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Panthers scrap walk-up fee

By Brian Biggane

 

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

 

The Panthers' controversial plan to build a gate in front of the BankAtlantic Center and charge patrons $5 to enter has been abandoned.

 

Although ticket prices have been increased for the first time in more than five years, the team announced that parking in any of the designated arena lots will be included in the price.

 

 

 

Thousands of fans routinely have parked for free at Sawgrass Mills on game nights since the arena opened in 1998 and walked across the street, depriving the team of potentially millions of dollars in revenue. Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark announced last spring that fences and a gate would be erected to recoup some of those revenue.

 

That plan quietly has been dropped.

 

The Panthers also announced that a premium will be charged for select games. Tickets for "A'' games will range from $162 in the Panther Club to $17 in the Value Zone, while "B" games will range from $157 in the Panther Club to $17 in the Value Zone.

 

Value Zone is a newly priced ticket that will be located in sections 405-413, from rows 12-16. The $17 price is lower than the least expensive ticket last season, which was $20.

 

Tickets for individual games will go on sale on a date to be announced soon.

 

Anderson signs: The Panthers crossed another name off their list of potential arbitration cases when backup goaltender Craig Anderson signed a one-year contract worth $650,000.

 

A third-round pick by Chicago in the 2001 entry draft, Anderson went 4-4 with a 2.78 goals-against average in 15 games for the Blackhawks last season. He is slated to serve as backup to Alex Auld, though the Panthers have said they're interested in signing another goalie.

 

His signing leaves four players in line for arbitration hearings that start next week: defensemen Jay Bouwmeester, Mike Van Ryn and Ric Jackman, and right wing Juraj Kolnik.

 

 

TSN.ca Staff

 

7/17/2006 8:42:11 PM

 

The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with restricted free agent winger Juraj Kolnik.

 

The 25 year-old Czech had a career-best 15 goals and 35 points in 2005-2006 and he'll earn $950,000 this season.

 

Kolnik has 70 points in 176 career NHL games.

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