The Ex-Panther Factor!

Here’s an article that I posted on the Fansided Sports Main page today.  It’s part of some additional work that I’m doing for our sports network covering the NHL.   I thought that in case you didn’t go there, you needed to see this, especially if you follow the Panthers.  Due to some site constraints  There’s a couple things I’m not used to yet,   so I modified this one just a bit.

After reading, I’d love your thoughts and comments.   I really think we may have something here!

Is it possible for an NHL playoff team to have a”curse” because of too many former players from a franchise with a history of futility? 

In baseball, there’s a phrase called the Ex-Cub Factor that was coined by writer and Chicago Cubs fan Ron Berler in 1981.  The premise being that any team that made it to the World Series would lose based on how many ex-Cubs were on the roster.  In 1981 the New York Yankees had 5 ex-Cubs and lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.  In the 2002 World Series the California Angels (one ex-Cub) defeated the San Francisco Giants (three ex-Cubs) and fulfilled the ex-Cub factor for the 20th time.  There’s even a historical page with data to support it here.

Therefore since this year is the anniversary of the Florida Panthers not qualifying for the playoffs for 10 consecutive years (lockout included), I think it’s appropriate to begin tracking the NHL playoffs similarly.  Calling it The Ex-Panther Factor.

There’s alot of movement in the NHL due to free agency, but when a young player who’s assumed to be more than half way decent starts their career in Florida, you can pretty much count on  him being traded, or leaving via free agency.  One thing they’ve all had in common, is that if they’ve been there during this drought, they have no playoff experience.  Roberto Luongo, Olli Jokinen, Jay Bouwmeester to name a few go along with a host of others that have had little or no playoff experience, or have had poor performances once they made the playoffs such as Roberto Luongo has.  His 11-11 record begs to argue, “Can he win the big one”.

Since we’re still in the first round let’s take a look and see which team(s) this presents a problem for.

Washington, Philadelphia,Montreal, Los Angeles, and Chicago all luck out and have no ex-Panthers.  Good scouting and good management has prevented the infiltration of this.

However Montreal does have Jacques Martin as it’s head coach and since he was coach and general manager for Florida, you must count this against the Habs.

There are a few teams with one:

Phoenix has Ed Jovonovski, San Jose has Dan Boyle, Boston has Dennis Seidenberg, Buffalo has Steve Montador and Pittsburgh has Jordan Leopold who was with the Panthers  just long enough to learn how to skate with his head down.

Teams with two are:

Detroit with Todd Bertuzzi and Andreas Lilja, Colorado has Craig Anderson and Ruslan Salei, and New Jersey has Rob Neidermayer and Martin Skoula  Now Skoula is a technicality since he was only in training camp and was cut from the Panthers before the regular schedule started, but I think he just might have been there long enough to catch whatever curse lingers in the dressing room.

Finally we get to the loser winner of the contest.  The Vancouver Canucks.  They posses five ex-Florida Panthers on their roster.  Tanner Glass, Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Johnson, Mikael Samuelsson and of course Roberto Luongo.  Careful Canuckleheads as this has already affected your playoff performance twice.  Last year when Louie gave up seven goals to the Hawks including a nifty backhander by Patrick Kane, and the year before in overtime, when Louie thought a penalty should have been called during play and he took a glance at the referee to apparently say something, and a shot wizzed past him for the series winning goal!

If you want proof that it works in the Stanley Cup finals you just need to see last year’s results and know that the Pittsburgh Penguins had zero ex Panthers, while the Red Wings had three, Todd Bertuzzi, Andreas Lilja and Mikael Samuelsson.  Samuelsson has since been removed from Detroit’s roster.

Say what you want about these players and some others that are spreadout in the NHL.  They may help you get to the playoffs, but once your in, I strongly suggest that you HEALTHY SCRATCH  ANY PLAYER THAT USED TO PLAY FOR THE PANTHERS. 

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Thanks for reading.

Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated.

Topics: Expanther Factor, Nhl Playoffs, Roberto Luongo

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  • http://yahoo.com hank

    very good. Is it me or does it look like our owners went on vacation? The longer it goes without any changes the more it looks like s.o.s. The more I watch the avs the more i wonder, how the hell they let craig anderson walk. it shows me they have no real hockey knowledge. Heck we couldn’t eveh get the right Stewart kid. We get Anthony and the avs get Chris(28 goals)

  • Frank Rekas

    Thanks. Let’s see how it turns out.

    Yea, This quiet time is a concern. Unless Stu and Cliff have a secret plan, it’s gonna be more of the same, which ain’t what thay letter said!

  • slapshot1106

    Interesting article, but many what ifs go along with it… And I guess you could add one more as the Rangers missed the playoffs with cursed guys in Jokinen, Prospal, Anders Erikkson, and Alex Auld for stretches…. Also Calgary with Hagman and J-Bo… And add Dominic Moore and Jaroslav Spacek with JM as those that may be cursed….

    As far as the Letter by Stu and Cliff, it was meant to be a positive, but probably has backfired a bit for them…. It’s too bad because I give them credit for doing it and not waiting until the end of the season to do it… Now, I do hope they come up with some sort of BOLD move… My suggestions would be changing scouting and mandating a solid REBUILD, whoever they decide to go with as GM…

  • http://yahoo.com hank

    The problem here is that Stu and Cliff have NO clue. Why do you think it’s been so quiet? Sending sexton to the draft was your indication where they are headed. The other major problem is who the hell would want to come here?
    Rumors from my people in canada are they are talking to Beezer about president of hockey. Let’s see.

  • dan

    Let’s bring Beezer in! I mean he can’t be much worse than the used car salesman/con-man /incompetent/hockey ignornt/billboard loving fool Yormark that we have now.

  • Frank Rekas

    If the Beezer rumor is true, my question is what experience is he bringing?
    Also, since he’s a former fan favorite, is he strong enough to make the right and the tough decisions?

  • slapshot1106

    Yes I agree Frank. I wouldn’t bring in a guy just because he’s popular and a fan favorite…

    Nothing against Beezer, but I’m sure he’d even admit the President of OPs should be a business-minded individual… Now maybe bring him in as some sort of Asst GM, and see where happens from there… Kind of like what the Rangers are doing, prepping him to take over there the last few years… And he’ll probably take over sooner than later….

  • Frank Rekas

    Hey Slapshot, I don’t mind bringing Beezer in as some form of PR or window dressing, cause right now that’s all it would be. If he had the qualifications based on experience then it’s a no brainer, but I don’t think he does.

    It scares me to think that he could be brought in for this position without any hands on experience, but since the managment of this organEYEzation is all about marketing, I’m not surprised. Someone must figure it’s a great way to sell tickets, rather then realize that it’s not the right way to go about making changes. Do they think they’ll attract players because Beezer’s here?

  • slapshot1106

    I don’t think Beezer or probably anyone for that matter will help bring in better players in the short run… Maybe some of the more respected names will have more input in the longer term, but not right away…

    They need to develop some sort of nucleus of CORE players that earn respect through a combination of skill and hard work… Horton and Weiss aren’t those type of guys, so that’s the main reason why many of us have been calling for changes for quite some time…

    Now the team was hoping this would change, but now I think THEY even realize it… Problem being is that they held on to these guys for too long, and now they lose out on the RETURN… A good organization realizes this years ago, makes the necessary changes BEFORE it’s too late, and moves on… Now the return is far less, but I still feel it’s necessary… Blow it up, cut your losses, and move on…Maybe the new owners can right off some of the losses that are necessary with buy-outs, because you couldn’t give half this team’s contracts away…

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