Good day all! Sorry but I have been away on business all week and have had very little time, or access to a computer or even the internet. Things will be back on track quickly though.
Just thought that I would post some notes of things going on in Pantherland that may generate some comments from you, my loyal readers.
Brutal Preseason Schedule: Has anyone taken a real look at that thing? Yikes! Just as nasty as last year. Also, doesn’t help to have the first two games of the year in Finland against the Chicago Blackhawks. It could be 0-2 right off the bat.
Informal workouts underway: Starting first with Tomas Vokoun, now being joined by Cory Stillman, Jordan Leopold, Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss. Also coming to workout with the team is former Panther now Atlanta Thrasher, Anthony Stewart. Good luck Anthony. Hopefully the change of scenery is what you need. Stephen Weiss has apparently been doing some extra work this summer. Lots of running and some weight work. He’s spent alot of time in the gym. Hopefully he’s doing more than 12 ounce curls! Nathan Horton has also been working out some as well. Apparently he’s lost about 10-15 pounds. As a result he should be alot quicker/faster. Let’s see if that’s actually what happens. His move back to wing also should make a difference in his game. I still think he needs a veteran to push him, much like Gary Roberts did a few years ago.
Former Panther and 17 year NHL veteran Mike Sillinger has retired. Sillinger known for his solid faceoff ability and defense played 68 games for the Cats from 1999-2001.
Rumours are out that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg may be generating some interest from the Panthers. He’s looking for a 3 year deal, something that the Panthers may not be willing to offer. They should give him some consideration. Dennis is 29 years old and heading into the prime of his career. They need help on defense, so maybe passing on him now and waiting until he’s 36 is not a good idea.
Still needed: With the free agency frenzy over, and very little movement otherwise, the Panthers still have not addressed a few issues that will plague them this year if not resolved. They are as follows: SCORING!!! Something I have been screaming about since Pavel left. A TRUE number one CENTER. Please don’t keep teasing us and telling us that Stephen Weiss is a number one center. He’s too small, not good enough and ……. Finally, a minute munching defenseman. Yes the loss of Jay Bouwmeester will hurt some. Mostly though, if the current alignment stays as is with no one added, the six players that will make the roster will require the top 4 to play more than they should, resulting in tired plays being made and mistakes multiplying. Or the bottom two get more playing time, also resulting in more mistakes. I don’t see this as a good thing.
Okay, enough for now as I think jet lag is causing my eternal optimism to disappear. Can’t wait for my day to be done so I can go home and have one of these:
Thanks for reading!