Governor Stu Siegel and Alternate Governor Cliff Viner are with me and attending their first BOG meeting since becoming Co-Managing Partners of the Florida Panthers organization. Also with us is Alternate Governor Bill Torrey, as well as Vice President of Event Programming Sid Greenfeig, who is working hard to book more big shows for the BankAtlantic Center, and to let our entertainment contacts out in California know that we appreciate their support and we’re thinking about them, even during the holidays.
I know what you’re thinking, with an upcoming schedule that includes Dane Cook, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Eric Clapton and more, is there even room for more Internationally-renowned artists to perform at the BankAtlantic Center? The answer is, as long as there are open dates, we are going to try and fill them.
We’ve made a commitment to the South Florida community to bring elite performers to the BankAtlantic Center all year round, and Sid and I take that commitment very seriously, so expect a few more big announcements in the very near future.
On the hockey side, the Cats are coming off an impressive 7-1 win on Long Island on Monday night, and are looking to keep the momentum going this week against the Thrashers and Hurricanes (twice). We’re currently tied for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with Montreal (sound familiar), with plenty of teams within a few points in a crowded postseason picture.
As you’ve undoubtedly seen, forwards Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss
continue to impress with Horton leading the team in points and Weiss in goals. Both are on pace to have career years and producing at a rate that Panthers fans have expected out of them.
If you’ve been following the BOG meeting through ESPN, TSN or one of your local outlets, you’ve probably heard Commissioner Bettman talk about how the salary cap isn’t expected to change much next year, depending on the strength of the Canadian dollar. That means teams that are playing close to the cap now, aren’t going to get any more breathing room, which could affect in-season and trading deadline moves as the playoff race becomes more clear.
The media also seems to be very interested in the Coyotes, as well as any potential discussions over dangerous hits to the head, so keep an eye out for that over the next few days.
That said, I’m hoping to find a place with the Center Ice package so I can catch the Panthers in action tonight, and I’m looking forward to being back at the BankAtlantic Center on Friday for another big game against the Hurricanes – our last home game before Christmas.
Thanks for reading, happy holidays and go Panthers.