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Panthers Mailbag: 12.18.09

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Welcome to the first Panthers Mailbag of the season, 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.

From several fans to David Booth - How are you doing and is there a time frame for your return?

Booth - "I'm getting better each day. I see an end in sight and I just have to take it one day at a time.

"There's really no timetable."

Question for Scott Clemmensen - What was it like to play against your old team on December 11th? (Scott started and earned a 4-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils)

James Alexander - Ft Lauderdale, FL

Clemmensen - "It was a little weird. I was with that team for so long, and have so many good friends on the team because of that. It was a little weird. I wish I had a better word to describe it but that's pretty much what it felt like. It was exciting all at the same time."

Follow up - Any Conversations after the game and what was that like?

"I talked to a couple of the guys. (Mike) Mottau, (Zach) Parise, (Mark) Fraser, the young defenseman there. I'll talk to a couple more probably around Christmas time too. It was just fun, all in good fun. I'm not going to brag too much because we have to play them again down the road here. I'm definitely not going to brag too much and have the hockey gods mad at me."

Question for Michael Frolik - Are you going to participate in the Olympic games for the Czech Republic, or someone from our team (I mean the ?zech players)?

Yury K - Ft Lauderdale, FL

Frolik - "I'm in the big list to go but there's so many good players to choose from. They kind of keep it a secret who's going to be there so we really don't know. We really don't know about anyone, except maybe Vokie (Tomas Vokoun) who could be the number one goalie for us, but nobody else knows. I think we should know December 30th who's going to be there. It's just a couple of more days.

"You have to be on fire to get noticed but I think the coach likes more of the older guys who have the experience so i don't know if I have a good chance."

Question for Nathan Horton - Do you think the team has the strength and depth to qualify for the final eight? By the way, your an awesome player! Cheers from Norway

Morten Jensen - Haugesund, Norway

Horton - "I think so. We're there right now and i hope we continue to get points. That's what we need to do. I think if we come to play every night like we've been doing lately, we're going to be there."

Question for Stephen Weiss - Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 and do you play NHL10? If you do, what team do you use most and do you play against any of the guys in the locker room?

Rudy Colon - Davie, FL

Weiss - "I do have an Xbox 360. I play NHL10 once and a while. I don't play against anyone in the locker room though. All of the guys that have XBox 360 are the Europeans and they just play soccer and the war games so i don't play any of them.

"When I do play NHL10, I pick random teams and I usually play against my brother or somebody from back home."

Question for Peter DeBoer - What is going on with all of our 3rd period leads? We always seem to have a real good lead going into the third, and we always blow it!

David Silverstone - Lake Worth Florida

DeBoer - "You have to put it in perspective. We have struggled for the last three weeks in the third period, our record is still 8-2-3 with a lead going into the third period which isn't disastrous.

"Last year we were a very good team in the third period. This year we've had some struggles early, but i think it's getting better all the time. We're starting to play with more confidence in that situation and i think it will improve as the season goes on."

Question for Victor Oreskovich - How does it feel to score your first NHL goal?

Greogry Lee - Coconut Creek, FL

Oreskovich - It was an incredible feeling, especially the timing of the goal, to tie the game up late in the third period. It was really a dream come true. There were so many emotions going through my body. It's been such a long road to get here, it was amazing. The timing of the goal made it that much sweeter.

Follow up: Where's the puck?

"I don't know where it is. Bryan Allen grabbed it and they told me that the trainers frame it for you, put it in a plaque or something, but i actually haven't seen it. I have to track that thing down."
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