Dale's Moving Forward. Source: Palm Beach Post.

Daily REDLines: Moving Forward. July 14th.

Today’s music choice on New Releases Thursday is If Not Now When by Incubus.

It seems not a day passes by lately without reading more than three or four articles about the Florida Panthers and the recent transformation that Dale Tallon is architecting.  With a second very successful draft in a row the future of the Panthers is looking about as bright if not brighter than any other NHL club right now.  In addition, with having to spend in free agency to acquire players that not only improve the team, but will change the culture of the club,  the Panthers have created a stir.  Previous summers combined haven’t made this much noise with the exception of the 2005 season which came after the lockout.

While many pundits continue to crucify blast Dale and the organEYEzation for their signings, I ask “if not now, when?  Going for a guy like Brad Richards may have been the popular thing to do, but in reality to pay one player between $7-8 million dollars per year for 9 seasons handcuffs an organization like this one.  In addition to that, Dale isn’t here to win a popularity contest….he’s here to win hockey games. Many of the youngsters aren’t ready yet, and the Panthers are not rushing anyone just so that they can prove that they know how to draft.  For a change however the city of Sunrise is excited.  Season ticket sales are going up, and fans can’t wait for the season to start.  Yes, there’s work to be done and many questions to answer.  But I’d rather be answering the questions with these players we have today, than any group we’ve had in at least the past four seasons.  Your links after the jump.


What’s happening in Sunrise:

The Good Point asked me as well as a few others to comment on the recent changes that the Florida Panthers have made. 

Tuesday’s first session got off to a great start.  I see some familiar faces here.  Panther Website.

Once again we face the question that won’t go away: Are the Panthers a better team?  Spector’s Hockey.

And once more from The Sporting News.

Bill Whitehead, a friend of The Rat Trick has some thoughts on Jose Theodore NHL Hot Stove.

The Panther prospects spent yesterday at the beach and went to Whole Foods.  Panther Website.

Around the NHL:

Who should go after Stamkos and Doughty? TSN.ca.

Krissy is out 4-6 months after hurting himself lifting a box of paper clips weights.  Puck Daddy.

NHL.com comes up with their All-Star Over 35 club.

Scott Burnside talks realignment and the Heatley-Havlat deal.  ESPN.

Derek Zona with a great piece on Power Forwards.

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