Honor, Good Luck, And We’ll Pass.

 LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Bill Torrey of the New York Islanders works on the draft floor during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers made the announcement Thursday that they will be honoring the original Team President Bill Torrey in a home game against the New York Islanders on October 23rd.  A banner will be raised in Torrye’s honor and a special Den of Honor dedication  will take place along with an in-game tribute.

One of the most respected men in the game of hockey, Bill Torrey Tribute Night is probably long overdue, but nonetheless, good things come to those who wait, and this will be a special night at the Bank Atlantic Center.  Here’s the official announcement from the Panthers website.

In other news, as you may know general manager Dale Tallon has qualified to participate in this years Senior Open Golf Tournament.  Having the opportunity to play with the likes of Fred Couples, Mark Calcavecchia, Paul Azinger, Tom Watson and a host of others, this is really big deal.  Best of Luck to you Dale.

I can certainly understand that some people would say, why is he out golfing when he should be attempting to offer contracts to some of the unsigned free agents in the market place?  A very good question, but the answer to that is, because the one’s that have recently signed don’t fit the mold of what he’s trying to build.  That’s why.  Alexander Frolov, highly skilled, but extremely high maintenance.  Moody and delusional thinking that he’s really worth 5-6 million on the open market.  At three million even for one year, I don’ think we need that on this roster.  Alexei Ponikarovsky?  A big body, a decent skater for his size, and good hands.  But that’s where it ends.  Pokihoseky as Don Cherry calls him, was virtually invisible in last years playoffs with the Penguins, and it’s a history of of his that he’s trying to shake.  Well, let the both of them figure it out in other cities, as we are done babysitting.

If you want to follow Dale’s progress go here and check on him.  NBC will be broadcasting the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 4-7 P.M. Eastern time.

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  • http://yahoo.com hank

    frank, WOW others keep signing players while our guy golfs. what’s wrong with that picture?

  • slapshot1106

    Give the man his tribute, that’s fine, but it does seem like we do a lot honoring and tributes for an organization that’s had 1 great season, and maybe 2 or 3 other decent ones… Here’s to hoping we can soon start winning to earn some more of those tributes somewhere down the road…

  • Frank Rekas

    Hank and Slapshot: As for Dale playing golf while free agents are signing, I guess we are done for now. It seems to be plainly obvious that if anyone else is signed it will be later when they are more despereate and we can get them for less. Not saying I agree, but that seems to be the plan.
    Regarding all the honor and tribute, it seems that the organization is looking to fill seats. This is a way to do it against an Islander team that probably doesn’t draw much.

  • http://yahoo.com hank

    frank, those are the guys you don’t want, and no one else does either

  • Frank Rekas

    Hank: Believe me, I know and I agree. Just seems that the plan has been determined, and if anyone else is brought in, that’s where they’ll come from. Unless a trade is made, we seem to be set. Which I’m not thrilled about at all!