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2 Minutes For: Working Out & Reinprecht

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
     
  Five of the Panthers recent selections at the 2009 Entry Draft are in town to check things out, meet those in the organization, and, yes, to work out. The workout Thursday included sprints outside BankAtlantic Center and running some of the steps inside.


Those attending the orientation are second-round pick Drew Shore, Josh Birkholz, Garrett Wilson, Wade Megan and Scott Timmins. First-round pick Dmitry Kulikov was back in Russia and Corban Knight was training at the University of North Dakota.

“It’s been great, seeing the facility and meeting people in the organization and meeting the guys and seeing what they’re like,” Timmins said. “We’re going to be friends for a while now, and we’ll see each other in training camp again, so it’s nice to get to know everyone.”

Stay tuned for FloridaPanthers.com this weekend for video of the Fab Five working out.

REINPRECHT LIKES WHAT HE SEES

Steve Reinprecht, who the Panthers are expecting to center their second line, was in South Florida earlier in the week to check things out.

Reinprecht said he first visited the Sunshine State when he was 14 and playing Little League baseball for his hometown of Edmonton. “And that was a long time ago,” he said with a smile.

Reinprecht, who took a tour Wednesday of BankAtlantic Center, said he was looking forward to his future here with the Panthers.

“It’s exciting,” said Reinprecht, who spent the past 3 ½ years with the Coyotes. “There seems to be a good mix here. They have some older guys, some younger guys…good skill. With (Tomas) Vokoun in net and some good balance on the blue line, it has a good makeup.”

More on Reinprecht next week here on FloridaPanthers.com.


 
 
  QUOTE OF THE DAY

“He wanted to get a job in hockey and I said, ‘You’re better off to do it with another team and do it on your own.’ He wrote letters to teams, and that’s how he got started.” Scotty Bowman on his son Stan, named GM of the Blackhawks.

PASSING THOUGHTS

With the addition of Martin Biron, the Islanders obviously believe the goaltending job on Long Island will be as hazardous as being the drummer in Spinal Tap. They now have three potential No. 1 goalies in Biron, Dwayne Roloson and Rick DiPietro, who is signed through 2021.

NHL.com is polling fans on who should be the Panthers next captain. The results: It was a battle between Bryan McCabe, Nathan Horton and Cory Stillman as of Thursday morning.

There’s a still a number of unrestricted free agents on the market. Looking for a town to call home: Sergei Zubov, Alex Tanguay, Dennis Seidenberg, Mike Grier, Robert Lang, Mike Comrie, Derek Morris and Rob Niedermayer.

On ebay: Keith Ballard 2005-06 Heroes and Prospects game-used jersey card - $19.

Barclay Plager

Song of the day: Cartoon Music for Super Heroes, by Albert Hammond Jr.
 
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