A Gaze Into the Crystal Ball…

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The eve is upon us! Florida Panthers rookies report to Incredible Ice (I’m still calling it that, I don’t care what horrible auction-winning corporate moniker it is now called officially) tomorrow and that can only mean that we are mere weeks away from the NHL regular season!

In anticipation of the new Cats taking to the ice for the first time as Panthers, let’s make some fearless predictions for the upcoming season! So as I look into my crystal ball (an empty bottle of Molson Canadian), here are just some of the things I see in store for the Panthers and their fans for the 2010-11 season:

- Panthers COO Michael Yormark will present three embarrassing ticket promotions before the end of the calendar year.  Once again, Panther fans will collectively wonder  just who exactly he has incriminating photos on.

- Pete DeBoer will give Andrew Peters one 30 second shift of action before sending him down to Rochester.  Soon, after a loss, he will lament that his team is not tough enough and got pushed around. The sound of palms hitting foreheads will be audible from all over South Florida.

-Sometime around the trading deadline, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will have recurring flashback of Patrick Kane’s uber soft Stanley Cup clincher last season.  Tomas Vokoun will be a Flyer shortly thereafter. I’ll still hate the Flyers and fondly think of Jovo owning Lindros!

- Michal Repik will struggle to find ice time again.  And I’ll be left awake at night wondering how last season, DeBoer made ice time for Kamil Kreps but can’t make it for Repik this year!  I mean, Kamil Kreps! Are you kidding me?!?!

- And the last prediction, Panthers management will scrap their ridiculous Bronze/Silver/Gold/Platinum plan by December when they realize that a certain NBA team across town is drawing juuuuuuuuuust a little more interest and attendance.  Nice try gentlemen, but you know what sells hockey tickets? Winning hockey!

That’s it for now. Expect more posts about how things will shake out league wide as we get closer to October 7th.  See you at the rink!

Any and all comments are appreciated.

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