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Rats Roundup - Preseason Starts, New Stuff & More

by Kyle Morrison flapanthers / Florida Panthers

Well, preseason hockey is back - and we're just under a fortnight away from the return of regular-season hockey - so the light at the end of the offseason tunnel is getting brighter and brighter.

Speaking of the home opener…

DEALS DEALS DEALS

What's better than opening-night hockey? Easy - opening-night hockey with a free t-shirt!

 Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Don���t miss out on Opening Night! (or this special T-shirt) >> https://t.co/9prwZDiRhY pic.twitter.com/EtTfN6xX3W

For just $25, you can grab a special-edition t-shirt along with a ticket to opening night (Thursday, Oct. 13), when the Panthers will unveil the 2015-16 Atlantic Division Championship banner. And, of course, just two nights later, the team is giving out Jaromir Jagr bobbleheads. So come on out, watch some great hockey and add some memorabilia to your collection!

CATS TAKE LONDON

The Panthers kicked off their preseason slate on Tuesday with a doubleheader against the Nashville Predators (which they split), and continued it last night in Tampa.

Sunday marks the first game outside of the state of Florida - and the entire United States, actually - when the Cats take on the Dallas Stars in London, Ontario.

If you're in the neighborhood, you can get tickets here, as the two NHL teams will face off at Budweiser Gardens at 3 p.m. 

NEW STUFF

It's been an offseason full of change - a new logo, new uniforms and more - and now, a new look locker room.

The Panthers showed off the re-design across social media - highlighted by a giant logo hung from the ceiling - and it looks fantastic.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Locker room's got a new look... �� pic.twitter.com/CTkQ7fCsXa

"It's super nice," Bjugstad said of the locker room. "I think they made it more personal to the team. They put in a lot of work. I think when you have a room to walk into like that it feels more like home. It's definitely something that you're proud to walk into."

Speaking of Bjugstad, he sat down with FloridaPanthers.com to discuss training camp, and the possibility of getting matched with some new linemates for the upcoming season. With three new forwards acquired this offseason - Jared McCann, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault - and a horde of youngsters vying for a spot on the roster, there's no shortage of possible linemates for the big center.

QUICK HITTERS:

- Check out our pep rally in Fort Lauderdale!  

- Are you a fan of good, local eats? So are we! So naturally, we're bringing back the Guest Chef program for another season. 

- Come on out to our Fall Open House tomorrow morning at the BB&T Center for fun activities and the chance to select your seat for the upcoming season! 

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