The Florida Panthers, and their fans, are very excited to see a new team that had a complete overhaul this summer as General Manager Dale Tallon and company retooled and reinvented the hockey side of the Florida Panthers operation. With so many new faces, including the very talented Scotty Upshall, Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell and Ed Jovanoski just name a few, the Panthers have much to look forward to during this pre-season.
Not only does today bring the excitement of new faces and renewed hope and optimism, but today also bring s a historic look at a double header with the Cats facing off against the Nashville Predators in two games, one at 3PM and one at 7:30PM.
Mike Santos, Assistant General Manager of the Panthers, told me yesterday “I wanted to do this even back in Nashville when I was working there, I don’t think that anybody had the courage to try it, but training camp is so short now, that to try to get as many players on the ice as quickly as possible is key, and here we get 40 players on the ice, two thirds of our training camp will get to play in one day, this will help our scout see the players and evaluate them better and we will see if it works. If it is successful then not only will we do it again but you will probably see a lot of NHL teams start to do this, it’s all to maximize time”
It should be a lot of fun for the Panthers fans who come out! We at the Rat Trick hope to see you there!
Here’s today’s rosters:
Game 1- Nashville
Mark Van Guilder
Game 2- Panthers
Game 2- Nashville
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