Big news coming out of Sunrise Florida last night as the much needed housecleaning has apparently started. Just after the puck drop between the Panthers and Canucks, the Panthers traded third line journeyman center Dominic Moore to the Montreal Canadians for a second round pick. In 2011! Randy Sexton’s comment was “This is the start of the retooling of our team”. So now finally the Panthers organization is going to do something about what I have been loyally screaming about all season, getting rid of the dead wood. I hope!
By the way, the Panthers lost last night to Vancouver 3-0 in a game that was all about how bad we are, and how we still can’t score goals, and can’t get out of our zone. Ex Panther goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots last night and was selected as the first star of the game. In reality, he should give it to the goal post and cross bar as I have never seen one team hit those two things during a game in my life! There must have been at least ten times when we heard the ding! This now gives the Panthers a total of 13 goals in 12 games. Not a way to march to the playoffs is it?
I saw a comment in one of the papers today (sun-sentinel) that at least the Panthers didn’t lose any ground in the playoff race. Right there lies the issue. In times that we are supposed to take advantage of those situations we never do. That attitude and behavior has been the problem with this club for years!
As for the game itself, Tomas Vokoun making his 20th consecutive start stopped 32 shots, and continued his strong play and received no support from his mates. On top of it he was getting bumped and bruised all night long by Canucks and no one did anything about it. A total lack of support.
Vancouver goals were scored by Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kessler and Jannik Hanson. Vancouver scored at even strength, on the power play and of course, short handed. Speaking of power plays, the Panthers had a 5 on 3 three advantage and still got a penalty for too many men on the ice. What a disaster this has become.
With a trade freeze today at 3:00 p.m, more trades are promised and everyone is apparently available. Players like Vokoun, Nathan Horton and Keith Ballard and Stephen Weiss all have no trade clauses that I’m aware of. Vokoun has stated that he will not waive his right now, but that could change either after the Olympic break or after this season. My guess is family has a lot to do with that. Meaning maybe the school year for his kids, etc. As for the others, I’ll be happy to drive them to the airport.
They’ll just have to sit in the back seat.
Thanks for reading.