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REDlines: No Visitors Allowed! August 5th

Today’s music video on Friday Flashback takes us back to 1991 for Losing My Religion by R.E.M.

The latest ticket promo by the Florida Panthers finally makes sense.  After years of having to invite the opposing fans to the Bank Atlantic Center to fill the building, the Panthers will now have their own “home fans only” section.  Why not?  I think that we’ve all had enough of our home arena being invaded by fans that cheer for the visitor.  While I prefer to watch a game with a packed house, nothing is more irritating that watching a game with the lunatics from out of town cheering for themselves, and booing us as if the building was theirs.  If this promo works, watching a game against the Canadians or Rangers might actually be enjoyable again.  Any time there’s more of us than there are of them it’s a good thing.  The economics of hockey work better when your building is full.  I get it….. but in this case I have one thing to say to the visitors:  This is Our House!

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More links after the jump:


News In Sunrise:

Puck Daddy has more on the Red Zone ticket offer.

The Edmonton Journal is raving about Jonathan Huberdeau.

Wanna be a Florida Panthers Ice Dancer?  Auditions are being held.  Team Website.

Around the NHL:

So Vancouver losses in the Stanley Cup Finals and they invite Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk to camp?  Really? Pro Hockey Talk. takes a look at the Calgary Flames in their 30 in 30.

Will Shea Weber’s deal affect other defencemen like Luke Schenn?  Toronto Star, and Alex Gologoski in Dallas.  Dallas Stars Blog.

Great story by Craig Custance at The Sporting News about Ray Emery.

Must reading.  The Sheet by Jeff Marek at

Puck Daddy asks if the NHL made a mistake leaving ESPN.

If you want to choose lines just toss the names in a hat like Octopus Thrower.

Intent To Blow tells us of 10 things that will absolutely for sure happen this season.  Part one.

Today’s video our war tyrant once again has something to scream about.  I warn you again, not for the youngsters.

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