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Panthers Mailbag: 03.12.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Welcome to the Panthers Mailbag, a feature that can be found only on

Questions from around the world came in for our players and coaching staff so look below to see if your question was answered. If not, don't worry, it could be answered in future mailbags. And if you haven't submitted a question or would like to, just fill out the form found on this page.

Questions can be found in bold. And if something needs additional commentary or clarification, it will come in italics before the player provides his answer.

And away we go.

Question for David Booth - Was #10 chosen for you or did you choose it? And if so, why?

Alexa Laiacona – Sunrise, FL

Booth -
"I chose it. My first year, I had two other numbers that I wanted. Number 12 was my number in college but that was taken by Olli Jokinen and number seven I was thinking about but Steve Montador had that number and then Noah Welch. Number 10 became available and I respected Gary Roberts and the way he played and how long he’s played and the work ethic he has and I try to play more like him. So he was the reason that I am number 10."

Question for Tomas Vokoun - I know that you rarely have bad games, but how do you respond to a bad game and not let it bother you?

Thomas – Sunrise, FL

Vokoun -
"It's just one game and you have to have a short memory. Everybody has a bad game. You just have to move on, just like when you have a good one. It doesn't mean the next one is going to be good. You just have to refocus. Every game starts 0-0 so it's a brand new day and a brand new game."

Question for Gregory Campbell - Besides hockey, what are your other hobbies and interests?

Nicole Hartwell – Wellington - FL

Campbell -
"I actually just took up the acoustic guitar so I’m learning to play guitar. I love to golf and I love to work out (just kidding about the second part). No those are the two main ones (guitar and golf)."

Question for Peter DeBoer - Do you see Mike Duco becoming a full-time pest for the Panthers?

Victor Jaimes – Miami, FL

DeBoer -
"I think that was the hope when we signed him. I think we saw glimpses of that. Mike is obviously a guy that I like and have some things invested in since I had him in Junior. Mike’s still trying to find that game consistently at the American League level. I think when he does that, he’s a guy that can play at this level. But until you do it consistently down there, it’s tough to do it up here and that’s where Mike’s at right now."

Question for Michael Frolik - Are there any habits that you would like to kick? (on the ice)

Andrew Adkins – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Frolik -
"I would like to have a much more physical part to my game. Obviously being from Europe, we like to pass the puck more than anyone else and I'm trying to learn to shoot the puck more. I'm young so there's a lot of things I can improve. I have to try and work on it every day and try to be better every day."

Question for Tomas Vokoun - Is it some sort of tradition for the entire team to "bump heads" with the goalie after a win?

Roxy A – Coral Springs, FL

- "I guess so. Everybody's doing it here (in the NHL). It's more of a North American thing. I don't think that people do it in Europe. I guess it's got to be a tradition. I don't know when it started or who started doing it but it's very common here."

Question for Stephen Weiss - What does it feel like to score a goal or in your case a hat trick when we played Colorado back in December?

Nick Hurtado – Miami, FL

Weiss -
"It feels really good to score a goal. Obviously you have to score to win so when you’re able to contribute in that way it feels pretty good. Hat tricks are even better. It doesn’t happen very often at all so it’s nice to have those nights where pucks find your stick and go into the net.  When things are going well like that you just try to keep it rolling."

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