Florida Panthers, National Hockey League of Nations (Puck Daddy)

(Ed. Note: Welcome to the Puck Daddy 2013 summer project, the National Hockey League of Nations. We’ve recruited 30 writers/blogs to identify the best player in their favorite team’s history for each major nationality that creates the fabric of our beloved NHL: Canada, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and The Rest of The World. It’s their criteria, as long as they can justify it. Read, debate and enjoy! If you want to do so on Twitter, it's #NHLoN .) By PantherParkway.com Canada: Joe Nieuwendyk One of the most decorated players to ever suit up for the Florida Panthers, Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk brought his three Stanley Cup rings, Olympic Gold Medal, Conn Smyth Trophy and 1,126 career points to the Sunshine State in 2005. Although the Panthers got the oldest version of a skater known affectionately “Nieuwe”, the aging legend still managed to score 64 points in 80 games for the Cats before retiring in 2007. Nieuwendyk’s time in Florida was a lot like dating an aging Playboy model: Sure you didn’t get her in her prime, but you can always look back at her glory days and think to yourself, “Yeah, I got that.”

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