Erik Gudbranson Aims To Stick This Time. Source: Sun Sentinel.

REDlines: Ready To Go Camping? September 16th.

Today’s music video on Friday Flashback is a repeat and why not.  Friday I’m In Love by The Cure.

Well it’s almost here.  The beginning of the season that is.  Today all players on the 57 man roster of the Florida Panthers report to have their medicals and fitness levels checked.  That 57 man roster is made up of 35 forwards, 17 defencemen, and five goaltenders.  While a good percentage of those players know their fate, there are about 4 spots on the roster that some of these players will be fighting for.  Dale Tallon’s hockey club will begin taking shape with the first official team workout on Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. at the Incredible Ice Iceplex.

As you know I’m most excited to see Erik Gudbranson compete for a spot on the defence, and he’ll have every opportunity to prove that he does belong here.  Also Quinton Howden and Jonathan Huberdeau will get their chance to prove that they’re ready for the big time.  However players like Evgeny Dadonov, Shawn Matthias, Ryan Carter, Michal Repik and Stephen Reinprecht (longshot) are going to be fighting for their NHL lives. 

We have not seen a competition for roster spots like this in quite a while, and to be completely honest it’s refreshing.  There are going to be some battles in practice, and I have a feeling that you’re going to see and hear about players “fighting” to make the team.  Like you, I’ve been looking forward to this all summer.  I’ll be there Saturday, so make sure you stop by and say hello.

Here’s your Friday links:

News around Sunrise:

The official training camp schedule and roster from the Panthers website.

Let’s play two!  Monday September 19th is Hockey Day in South Florida.  Sun Sentinel.

The “New” Florida Panthers.  George Richards has comments from Dale Tallon and Stephen Weiss.  On Frozen Pond.

A whopping 18 of our top picks get invited to training camp led by “you know who”.  Sun-Sentinel.

Around the NHL:

Cam Cole isn’t in favor of staged fights in the NHL.  Vancouver Sun.

A great article on how hockey culture should be decided by fans and not public relations firms.  Uptown.

A very interesting article on how to save Columbus from leaving.  The Columbus Dispatch.

Hockey Canada launches a new website for headshots.  Globe and Mail.

A must read with NHLPA’s Donald Fehr about painkillers, concussions and safety issues of the game.  Nick Cotsonika.

Brett Favre Teemu Selanne is coming back for one more year.

Gotta love it!  Jonathan Toews is even more hungry for a Stanley Cup.  

“I’m definitely ready to play the best hockey of my career and get our team to that next level again,” Toews said.

Here’s your Fantasy Hockey Draft Kit.

I meant to post this the other day.  It’s so nice to have Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts back.

Gary Roberts turning boys into men.  Houses of the Hockey.

No more gameday tweets from your favourite NHL star.  Pro Hockey Talk.

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