Nothing wrong with healthy competition. Keeps everyone on their toes and pushed players to play better. In a show of “doing what we say” the Florida Panthers and coach Peter DeBoer are scratching a couple players that were expected to be in tonight’s starting lineup.
It looks like Steven Reinprecht and his unproductive play have finally earned him a spot in the press box. An expensive move, but who cares. Players have been told from day one of the Dale Tallon era, nothing is for certain, and no job is going to be handed over. This move should also put the other 29 GM’s on notice that a player could potentially be available. Start calling everyone, if we lost Rhino for a pick, I wouldn’t be too upset. He’s really nothing better than a third line center, who thanks to Uncle Jack is making too much money for his production here. Maybe a change of scenery works in his favor.
Kenndal McArdle is the other healthy scratch and this one kinda surprises me. Kendall has come to play this year, just like that stupid slogan we have, and I’m a bit perplexed on this move. Personally, I’d sit Olesz, but as we all know that could be about money, and or maybe he’s being showcased. If it’s about the latter, then please someone take notice and get him off our hands. Olesz will get an opportunity on the second line, and Steve Bernier will be on the fourth. I hope that after Rusty’s first shift, those two slots change. One, Rusty doesn’t deserve top six minutes and Bernier will be wasted on the fourth line. He’s not an energy guy.
What this means is that newcomers Marty Reasoner and Darcy Hordichuk will be making their appearances on the fourth line tonight. Reasoner makes the fourth line solid, the PK better, and can take crucial faceoffs. Darcy makes us tougher, but don’t look for him to fight Big Mac, as he’s been scratched for the Oil. Zach Stortini takes his place.
That’s a wrap. Game time, 8:00 P.M. Eastern. The Panthers by the way are the last team to start their season.
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