Looks like the Panthers are taking 26 roster players to Finland. Obviously cuts still need to be made, however according to head coach Peter DeBoer, it’s going to be easier to have the extra bodies with us in case we need them than to have to fly them out to Finland. Ah, fiscal responsibility!
Forward Gregory Campbell is nursing a hip flexor, although he will be making the trip.
The KHL is dragging their feet with the buyout clause for Russian Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. The KHL has set an October 2nd hearing date on this sitution. Under the NHL’s CBA agreement if Kulikov isn’t signed by September 29th he will have to be sent back to his junior team! His future is hanging in the balance here and it’s not fair.
An interesting article regarding former head coach of the Panthers Uncle Jack (Jacques Martin) and how he called out Canadiens forward Sergei Kostitsyn in a recent practice on wednesday. Where was this toughness when Jacques was here in Florida? Is this who he really is?
Maybe not. Click below for the full article.
Theo Fleury has been released by the Calgary Flames. That’s too bad as alot of people were rooting for him to make it. Oh, oh, do you think the Panthers will call him?
Nice to see good guy Dave Tippett back as a head coach, even though it’s with the troubled Phoenix Coyotes. Tippett is well respected and is a good man. Good luck to him.
Patrice Brisebois is retiring after 18 seasons in the NHL. Hopefully Canadiens fans can stop chastising him.
The Hockey News has created a list of the top ten backup goalies in the NHL. Guess who is number one? The Panthers own Soctt Clemmensen! Nice job!
Thanks for reading.
P.S. One more week and it’s game on!