REDlines: Wrapping Up The Weekend. September 12th.

Today’s music video is Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses by U 2.

The past two days gave us a chance to witness the Florida Panthers rookies go through drills at the start of training camp Saturday morning, and a “prospects” game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night.  Brief recap later today. Yours truly attended both events, and I must say it was great to be there, meet some new friends and hung out with my writers!  Live hockey for the first time since April couldn’t have come any sooner.  As you might guess my Erik Gudbranson campaign will now be in full force the balance of the month as I fully expect the big, rugged, and “good looking” defenceman to make the opening night roster.

We’ll also keep a very close eye on players like goaltender Jacob Markstrom,  and forwards Quinton Howden and Jonathan Huberdeau, who will all be vying for a potential roster spot.  Of the previous three I mentioned, I believe that Huberdeau would be best served with some addtional seasoning prior to being in the “big show”.  However Markstrom and Howden are here to challenge for a roster spot as well.  If Markstrom performs above and beyond expectations, he’ll almost have to be here.  Howden has the size, the hands and the ability already.  The competition at this years camp is finally meaningful.  Stay tuned as the next few weeks leading up to the start of the season will be very interesting.  Your links after the jump:  News In Sunrise:

A glut of info is posted on the Panthers website:  Rookies hit the ice, Cory Stillman officially retires, and now has a front office spot, and lots of video’s from the weekend.

George Richards has more on the Cory Stillman move into his new role with Florida.  On Frozen Pond.

Harvey Fialkov posts interviews with both Cory Stillman and Brian Skrudland Sun-Sentinel.

All eyes will be on goaltender Jacob Markstrom as he attempts to bid for a roster spot.  Pro Hockey Talk.

Erik Gudbranson takes exception to a shove by Tampa’s Carter Ashton and they drop the mitts. Video courtesy of @rinkside.

Around the NHL:

Alexander Galimov the lone player to survive last week’s place crash has passed away.  CBC Sports.

Team Lokomotiv has decided against playing their upcoming season.  Puck Daddy.

Justin Bourne “weighs in” on players tipping the scale.

The top five hockey moments for “Hawknut”  View From My Seats.

Krissy Huselius is still injured, but his recovery is on schedule.  Good, his softness will be appreciated upon his return to the Columbus lineup.  TSN.ca.

This will teach you to riot in Vancouver.  The Province.

The FanSided Five:

Our own Kristina Kelly brought us all together with her terrific idea that payed tribute to the fallen players, staff, and crew on the KHL flight that crashed last week.  Cardiac Cane.

Capitals Outsider writes about the best owner in professional sports.

Looking at Stanley Cup contenders.  SenShot.

Sabre Noise on why fighting needs to continue to be a part of hockey.

Broad Street Buzz thinks that newcomer Brayden Schenn will make a difference.

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