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Derek MacKenzie | Center | #17

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/11/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 181
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 5 (128) / WPG
Contract: view contract details

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Derek MacKenzie (lower body) is considered day-to-day.
MacKenzie may not be ready to play Tuesday against Dallas after he logged just 1:54 of ice time on Saturday versus New Jersey. He didn't take part in Monday's practice. Nov 13 - 4:34 PM

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Derek MacKenzie is excited to have Bob Boughner as the new head coach of the Panthers.

"He's a player's coach, an all-in kind of guy," said Florida's captain. "He can relate to you. He's a guy you have a great relationship with, but he's not afraid to put his foot down. When he came to you and needed something from you, you wanted to do it." MacKenzie has played for Boughner before when he was an assistant for Columbus in 2010.
Jun 13 - 10:57 AM

The Florida Panthers have booked six exhibition games for 2017.

Florida will kick things off with a doubleheader in Nashville on Sept. 19. The Panthers will then play in Tampa Bay on Sept. 24 before returning home to face the Lightning twice more on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28. The Panthers will wrap things up with a game in Montreal on Sept. 29.
Jun 9 - 10:34 AM

The Florida Panthers' coaching search reportedly can't be completed yet because they are interested in interviewing members of playoff squads.

The Panthers reportedly have interest in Predators assistant coach Phil Housley and Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden, but they can't be interviewed while their teams are in the playoffs. Washington was eliminated on Wednesday, so Reirden can now be approached, but Housley's Predators advanced to the Western Conference Final. It's believed that the Panthers have interviewed Michel Therrien and University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery.
May 11 - 10:12 AM

Derek MacKenzie scored his sixth goal of the season in Sunday's finale.

MacKenzie finishes the year with six tallies and 16 points in 82 games. The Panthers topped Washington 2-0 in the finale.
Apr 9 - 11:14 PM

Derek MacKenzie is poised to play in his 500th career game Wednesday night.

The captain of the Florida Panthers has 10 points in 46 games this season as well as 105 points in 499 appearances.
Jan 18 - 5:51 PM

Derek MacKenzie skipped practice on Monday because "he wasn't feeling great," according to coach Gerard Gallant.

However, he is expected to play on Tuesday night. Newcomer Seth Griffith filled in on the third line in MacKenzie's absence at practice.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie netted his first goal of 2016-17 in Monday's 3-1 win against Tampa Bay.

He sealed the victory with an empty-netter with 35.5 seconds left in the third period. MacKenzie's marker ended a 25-game goal drought. The Panthers captain has three points in 13 games this year.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 09:53:00 AM

It's official, Derek MacKenzie has been name the ninth captain in Florida Panthers history.

"Derek embodies the type of character and work ethic we want a Florida Panther to possess," President of Hockey Ops Dale Tallon said. "He is a respected leader both on and off the ice in this organization and within the South Florida community. We are very excited to move forward with Derek as our team's captain." A surprising choice to say the least as the 35-year-old MacKenzie has seen just 453 games worth of NHL action since being drafted in 1999. He's also entering his third season with Florida and has averaged just 12:45 a night with them. Be that as it may he'll be joined by Jussi Jokinen and, presumably the team's 10th captain, Aaron Ekblad with "A's" on their chests.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 01:20:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie is expected to be named as the Florida Panthers' new captain.

MacKenzie will be replacing Willie Mitchell, who held the role from 2014-16. MacKenzie is entering his third season with the Panthers and the 35-year-old is a veteran of 453 games.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 10:59:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie is an option for Florida to move up to the third line.

He did a few times last season and the Panthers need someone to fill in while Nick Bjugstad recovers from a broken hand. Jared McCann and Denis Malgin are in the mix as well.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 08:57:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie's two-year extension is worth $2.7 million.

That gives MacKenzie a $1.35 million cap hit, which is slightly more than the $1.3 million cited in an earlier report. He had six goals and 13 points in 64 contests last season.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 03:29:00 PM

The Florida Panthers have officially signed Derek MacKenzie to a two-year contract extension.

The deal was previously reported on Sunday, but the Panthers didn't initially confirm it. "Derek is a leader on our team and a true professional," said Panthers GM Tom Rowe. "His experience, work ethic and character make him a respected presence on the ice and throughout our organization." He had six goals and 13 points in 64 games in 2015-16.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 05:18:00 PM

The Florida Panthers will reportedly sign Derek MacKenzie to a two-year contract extension.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.3 million per season. MacKenzie has one year left on his current contract at the same amount. The 35-year-old had six goals and 13 points in 64 games last season.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 07:21:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie received plenty of praise in 2015-16 for his leadership on the Panthers.

However, he turned that around and gave credit to his teammates. "These young guys want to be the best and are willing to do whatever it takes," MacKenzie said. "If they call me leader then great, they don't need much leading. They play the right way every night. I love watching where they came from and where they're going. I think the sky's the limit with the young guys." On the ice, he led the Panthers with a 54.8 faceoff percentage and he placed second with 154 hits. He also contributed in 13 points in 64 games.
Wed, May 11, 2016 08:09:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Jared McCann
5Derek MacKenzie
6Curtis Valk
7Chase Balisy
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jamie McGinn
3Connor Brickley
4Denis Malgin
5Dryden Hunt
RW1Evgenii Dadonov
2Radim Vrbata
3Colton Sceviour
4Micheal Haley
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Michael Matheson
4Alex Petrovic
5Mark Pysyk
6Ian McCoshen
7MacKenzie Weegar
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer