There is no suspense like NHL playoff suspense, no drama like NHL playoff overtime drama, no sacrifice in sports like NHL playoff sacrifice – and there is no trophy, anywhere, comparable to the Stanley Cup. So welcome to the excitement the next two months will provide as hockey's top competitors rise to an even-higher level in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
We have the best sport, we have the best players, we have the best trophy and we have absolutely the best fans. Thank you all, so much, for supporting us in record numbers once again during the 2008-09 season. The season was absolutely fantastic and I believe the playoffs will be even better. I hope you enjoy every minute.
We're buyers. We're committed to winning. That's what [owner Vinnie Viola] has said all along and what we've said all along. We want to win. We want to win a championship. We're putting the pieces together, step by step, and we're hopeful that Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It's a win-win for us.
— Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Jaromir Jagr, who he traded for from the Devils on Thursday