New Panthers owner 'committed to winning' and ready to ante up

Oct 01, 2013 1156

By Craig Davis

New Florida Panthers owner Vincent "Vinnie" Viola said he has one objective in mind and is willing to do what it takes to make it happen.

"We are committed to provide the resources to the Florida Panthers necessary to win the Stanley Cup."

Viola, a Brooklyn native who rooted for the Rangers since 1963, pointed to Thursday's signing of veteran goalie Tim Thomas as the first example of his vow to enable General Manager Dale Tallon to acquire the pieces needed to turn the long-struggling franchise into a winner.

Thomas and many of his new teammates were in attendance as Viola was introduced Friday at the BB&T Center, in addition to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman who expressed confidence that the new ownership will provide the Panthers with the stability needed to succeed in South Florida.

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