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Derek MacKenzie | Center

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/11/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 181
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Derek MacKenzie was ready to play goalie Tuesday night.
Rule 5.3 states that any available goalie is eligible if both goalies on the active roster can't go. The NHL approved Panthers GM Dale Tallon's request to dress 41-year-old goalie coach Robb Tallas, but he didn't see any action. Florida lost Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya to injuries during the game, but they both toughed out their ailments. Montoya could barely move because of a lower-body injury, so Luongo returned to the game. Mar 4 - 10:38 AM

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Derek MacKenzie scored the lone goal for the Panthers in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over Washington.

MacKenzie's third of the season opened the scoring in the first period and represented his first point in 16 games. Scottie Upshall drew the lone assist on the goal.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:35:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie will miss Monday's game versus the Blues due to the flu.

With Dave Bolland returning to the lineup for the Panthers, MacKenzie will be the odd man out Monday. This will mark the first game of the season that MacKenzie won't suit up. He has two goals and two assists in 25 games this year.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 07:58:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie (flu) was fine to play on Wednesday.

He sat out Tuesday's practice because of the flu bug, but he was ready to go against Carolina. MacKenzie has four points and 60 hits in 20 games this season.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 02:35:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie is battling the flu.

MacKenzie didn't attend Florida's practice on Tuesday as a result. Consider him questionable for Wednesday's game.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie scored a very rare power-play goal in Saturday's 5-1 loss to New Jersey.

"Actually it's been a while, probably since my last game in the minor leagues and juniors, that I played the power play and I'm positive that's the first power-play goal of my career," MacKenzie said Sunday. "Everyone's trying to settle on their roles but I don't expect to be on the power play. Obviously, the penalty kill is more of what I've done the last few years." In truth, it was his second career goal on the man advantage. MacKenzie got a shot on the power play because the Panthers were down 5-0 and coach Gerard Gallant was unhappy with his regulars. He has contributed one goal and one assist in two games with Florida to start the year.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 07:39:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie potted the lone goal for the Panthers in their 5-1 loss to the Devils on Saturday night.

Face it, it’s going to be a long season for the Panthers. There is a lot of young talent to look forward, too, though. MacKenzie isn’t one of those long-term pieces, however; the 33-year-old has career-highs of nine goals and 23 points in his career. Scottie Upshall and Brian Campbell had the assists. Florida needs to see growth from its talented core this season.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 10:52:00 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed Derek MacKenzie to a three-year/$3.9 million contract.

The former Columbus Blue Jacket was solid the last few seasons and the Panthers will get themselves a nice bottom-six forward whose fantasy value is limited at best.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie said that contract talks with Columbus have been slow thus far.

"The Blue Jackets gave me my first real opportunity, and I'd love to stay," MacKenzie added. "We definitely have the makeup to win the Stanley Cup. ... I'd rather it not get to (the start of free agency without a contract). But I don't fear it, either; there might be an opportunity there for me. Until then, my objective is to get something done with Columbus." The Jackets are interested in bringing the potential unrestricted free agent back. He recorded 18 points and a team-leading 241 hits in 71 games this past campaign.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen thinks highly of Derek MacKenzie, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"He's played great for us," Kekalainen said. "He's a character guy. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done. Not the biggest guy, but plays like a 6-4 guy. But everything has to make sense (in the negotiations). We’ll take all those things in consideration." MacKenzie's expiring contract came with a $1 million annual cap hit. He had 18 points and 47 penalty minutes in 71 games this season.
Fri, May 9, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie has undergone "minor" surgery on his right shoulder.

He's expected to need a couple of months to recover. MacKenzie can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but Columbus would like to bring him back.
Thu, May 8, 2014 01:39:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Blue Jackets have five other players who are eligible for unrestricted free agency as Blake Comeau, Curtis McElhinney, Nikita Nikitin, Jack Skille and Nick Schultz could also fly the coop. MacKenzie is a valuable contributor on the ice and the Blue Jackets should make him a priority in the off-season. He had only nine goals and 18 points in 71 games this season so his fantasy value is negligible in pools where points are a priority.
Mon, May 5, 2014 08:06:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie netted a goal in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round.

MacKenzie was playing in his first career postseason contest at the age of 32. He had nine goals and 18 points in 71 games this season.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 09:37:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie found the back of the net in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 victory over Montreal.

It was MacKenzie's eighth goal and 16th point in 58 games this season. The 32-year-old isn't expected to ever have much fantasy value and this might actually go down as one of his most productive campaigns from a purely offensive perspective.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie scored a goal in Columbus' 3-2 loss on Monday.

It was MacKenzie's third goal and fourth point in three games. Despite his recent outburst, he doesn't typically contribute from an offensive perspective and has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 09:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Quinton Howden
5Connor Brickley
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Vincent Trocheck
4Shawn Thornton
5Logan Shaw
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Alex Petrovic
7Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya