See You Next year Erik

Money Talks-Gudbranson Walks. Panthers Still A Joke

I'm Sick To My Stomach Over This

Well, I guess the title of this post kills any chance that I may have had at getting press credentials for the Florida Panthers.  But that discussion is for another day.

I would personally like to thank the Florida Panthers organ-eye-zation for ruining my season.  Before it even gets started the Florida Panthers made in my estimation a mistake with a young player that has the tools to play in the NHL right now.  Those of you reading this may or may not agree, however I will tell you why this situation with Erik Gudbranson, the third overall pick in this years draft was handled so poorly.

All training camp we’ve been hearing how good this kid is going to be.  Erik himself has spoken with the confidence and maturity of a seasoned veteran.  Coach Peter DeBoer has said that he wants him on the roster.  Dale Tallon and the rest of the management told us that they would do everything in their power to sign him to a deal, and that he’s making a statement for a job here with the big club.  I heard it myself in the Town Hall Meeting last Friday night.  On top if it, we as fans watched it all ourselves.  Erik played in every preseason game, the only Panther to do so.  And he did it with the poise of someone who has been here for five years.  Oh, and by the way, he even stood  up for one of his “brothers” as he put it, and took a nice gash to the face courtesy of Travis Moen because of it.

Alas, all of that is for naught.  The Mickey Mouse Club way of doing things here has once again made a joke of themselves, and Erik is on his way back to Kingston, Ontario to play for his junior team.  Why?  Money that’s why.

The Panthers could not sign Big G because they would not agree to the incentive bonuses that were being proposed.  So what you’re telling Erik is this:

* We like and feel that you can play here.

* We feel that you can be a future star in this league.

* We feel that someday you might be a captain for this team.

* We love the way you play the game and are willing to give you a chance to prove it by starting the season with us.

* But, if you achieve all of your performance incentives, we don’t want to reward you for it.  Yet.

Huh?  Is this a joke?  So are we therefore telling a player that if he’s too good we don’t want to risk paying him for his performance?  That we’d rather pay stiffs like Olesz, Stillman and Reinprecht?

I’m not buying the B.S. about wasting a year of his contract in a season where we are going nowhere.  What kind of crap is that?  In one sentence the Panthers say they want to make the playoffs, yet with this move, or non-move they are saying that winning this year is not expected to happen.

This guy can play and he deserves the chance to play now.  But no, the Florida Panthers have found yet another way to piss off a player, piss off their fans, and tell the NHL, there is no urgency to win.

I tried explaining this situation to my daughter last night and other than saying that the Panthers are cheap, I had no explanation.  It pains me to feel this way, and I’m not happy at all about it.

The way I feel right now, I don’t care if the Panthers win or lose.


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  • Blades


    From watching Tallon run the Panthers, I’m starting to think he’s thought of too highly in the hockey world. After all, this is the same guy that made some boneheaded mistakes in Chicago too.

    I cannot believe Grabner got waived and his reponse that “reputation doesn’t mean anything to me”. That line of thinking is just retarded especially when dealing with a 23-year-old player. Just absurd.

    Now reading the Gudbranson fiasco makes me shake my head again.

    At least you got your Hawks.

    • Frank Rekas

      While I don’t think this move is all Tallon’s fault, or should I say that all the blame can be put on him, there must be a reason why every GM who comes here is unable to set out to do what he had planned. Being here for the last 17 years, and knowing that the Panthers have not made the post season for ten, I know there’s work to do, and that it’s not going to happen overnight. But this move with Gudbranson is DUMB!

      Yes, thankfully I have my Hawks!

  • Laurel

    Its moves like this that make me wish I lived in a state that CARED about Hockey!! It’s sooo frustrating as a fan to watch the team make moves like this… I dont know who to blame it on.. Tallon, Pete, or everyone else..
    And now they have the STUPID CAT 5 sale on tickets? DONT BOTHER!! Get your tickets teh week of teh game (if your even still interested in watching other teams practice) and spend $20 for some GREAT seats.. Maybe they wouldnt have to do sales like this if they would sign players who were worth a damn and could show results, Heck.. even just put on a show for the fans… maybe they wouldnt have to give tickets away for free at that point and they could afford to pay his bonuses…

    • Frank Rekas

      Laurel: A former General Manager once said that there isn’t enough pressure to win in Florida. Are we seeing this again?
      Grabner waived? Gudbranson not signed. Ellerby ready?
      So is the real reason that Gudbranson wasn’t signed is because it makes the Ellerby pick look bad if Ellerby doesn’t stick?

      I’m really getting tired of this nonsense.

  • HANK

    frank, I guess I owe you that cold one. can’t figure this one. how do you praise gudbranson so highly and then let him go down. i’m starting to have some doubts here. not the best pr move. Darcy H., are you kidding me?

    • Frank Rekas

      Hank, I am sick to my stomach. This stinks so bad i can smell the stench from the Bank Atlantic Center all the way to house!

      No sense, nonsense, have no cents!

  • David Lasseter

    Hockey is not the main priority of this ownership group, it’s concerts/events. Hockey is just an excuse to get us in the building to barrage us with advertising for BAC events. Another loss? No matter, buy Roger Waters tickets at $200 a throw.

    • Frank Rekas

      Yea, and those Roger Waters prices are for the season seat holders. Such a deal!

  • slapshot1106

    Frustrating yes, but I think a bit of an over-reaction here as well… There’s 2 sides to every story, and maybe it’s a bit of the agent being greedy and trying to take advantage, etc…

    I’ll admit that all the hype gave us higher expectations, but as a positive spin, I’d like to think the depth we’ve added with Weaver and Garrison are positives.. I think if they could’ve dished Allen and the last year of his $2.9 mill, they would’ve.. Also a positive with Ellerby showing some promise…

    • Frank Rekas

      Slap shot, this is just another long line of disappointments