By way of introduction…this is the beginning of my blog. You and I will have to deal with it.
Spoke to coach Peter DeBoer for a few minutes Wednesday at BankAtlantic Center. Pete is doing a monthly column for Panther Insider. He admitted he’s “bored stiff,” which is not surprising since he’s never missed the playoffs as a player or coach. And he said it’s no easier watching the playoffs now than a few weeks ago after the Panthers were eliminated on a tie-breaker. But he said the team’s improvement from 85 to 93 points is not to be taken lightly and believes the future is good. He’s also hoping the players the Panthers value return next season since they did “a lot of heavy lifting” learning the new system.
You can read Pete’s comments in Panther Insider in May, or you can catch an interview with him right here at floridapanthers.com early next week.
Some other thoughts:
Saw an SUV on University Drive last week with a Panther logo and sticker underneath that read ‘Got Montador?’ Now I’m curious.
Richard Zednik’s reported decision to play in Russia next season doesn’t change the fact he should win the Masterton Trophy come June in Las Vegas. The guy came back and had a decent season after nearly losing his life on the ice two years ago in Buffalo.
Average temperature in Helsinki in October: 41.
Whatever team Sean Avery winds up playing on next season, please get the guy a life skills coach…and some meds.
John Tortorella said he regrets squirting liquid and throwing a water bottle at a fan during a Game 5 playoff loss in Washington. Ya think?
Big weekend: Taking the Penguins over the Caps because of their defense and goaltending. Bruins over ‘Canes, Red Wings will survive the Ducks, and I’ll go with Chicago upsetting Vancouver because I’m not a chalk player.
The Florida Everblades are showing the team’s playoff games at South Carolina this weekend live at Germain Arena in Estero. Game time Friday is 7 p.m.
The Heat try to stretch the Hawks to seven games tonight. Best of luck to them. And memo to Hawks broadcaster Steve Holman: Get a grip. (Speaking of broadcasters, Randy Moller spent a few days this week doing TSN. Randy, yellow is your color…really). Finally, we’ll take Rachel Alexandra in the Kentucky Oaks and longshot Hold Me Back in a wide-open Kentucky Derby.
Remembering former hockey player – and one of the most exciting – Eddie Shack.
Song of the day: Fifty Mission Cap by The Tragically Hip.