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Rats Roundup: World-class Cats, compelling content

by Kyle Morrison /

We'll start this edition of Rats Roundup with some sad news: Stanley C. Panther's dream of Hollywood stardom are officially done, having been KO'd by the biggest star in the world.

After the South Beach premiere event for his upcoming Baywatch movie, The Rock checked his Twitter mentions, and was met with this:

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: @TheRock @baywatchmovie did this scene make the final cut y/n

The Rock cooked up one heck of a reply, and folks, it smells like the smoldering carcass of Stanley C. Panther's not-yet-started movie career.

Tweet from @TheRock: Ha yes this scene made the cut. Well, the girls made the cut, but you, Panther made the bootleg DVD. ���� #Baywatch

Sticks and stones (and The People's Elbow) may break bones, but those words will hurt forever. For now, Stanley will have to set his sights on stardom in Hollywood, Florida.

World-Class Cats

The Rock is a 10-time world champion. Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson is a one-time world champion, and is well on his way to a second in a row.

Matheson, along with fellow Cats blueliner Jason Demers, has been a force for Canada at this year's IIHF World Championships. Matheson's 1-5-6 line (and +7 rating) already matches his points total from last year's tournament, which saw him named the tournament's best defenseman. He'll have at least one chance to add to that total tomorrow, as Canada squares off with Russia in the semifinal.

If they advance, they'll take on the winner of Sweden-Finland, with a world championship on the line.

The Cats other two players in the competition, Nick Bjugstad (USA) and Denis Malgin (SUI) saw their tournaments end in the quarterfinal round. But alas, there is still some quality #content to be gleaned from their experiences!

It comes in the form of Nick Bjugstad interviewing the man who drafted him, Panthers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Dale Tallon, who is serving on the USA Hockey advisory board for the tournament.

Tweet from @usahockey: #TeamUSA forward @NBjugstad72 plays ���This or That��� with @FlaPanthers GM & Men���s Nat���l Team Advisory Staff member Dale Tallon. #2017MWC

A Terrific Top 10

A century ago, thousand-page epics were the world's preferred delivery method of important #content. And while some hardcore Charles Dickens fans may long for those days, they are long gone. Nowadays, the king of content is the list. is up with the times, friends.

Video: FLA@STL: Trocheck tallies late go-ahead goal

Our very own Jameson Olive undertook the task of painstakingly rating each goal scored by the Panthers this season, using a thoroughly detailed and rigorous system to determine which goals were the most aesthetically pleasing. He then examined his findings and compiled a top-10 list for your reading pleasure.

Here you go. You're welcome.

Quick Hitters

- Read up on Always Dreaming - The Official Horse of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club!™ - before he runs in the 142nd Preakness Stakes tomorrow. (Spoiler: he is a very good horse.) 

- Our season rewind series rolls on with the ageless wonder himself, Jaromir Jagr.

- More excellent work from the Panthers community team, which stopped by The Quest Center in Hollywood, Fla. earlier this week for a very important street hockey clinic.

- Finally, the Cats are hosting an Open House tomorrow - free and open to the public - so stop by, check out available 2017-18 seats and pick up some merchandise at Pantherland! (Hot tip: Reebok gear is 50% off) 

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