REDlines: We Buy and Sell Used Rats

In keeping with the above picture, today’s musical selection is Willie The Pimp by Frank Zappa off of 1969’s Hot Rats. This was the first record Zappa made without The Mothers Of Invention but still featured top notch musicians, such as Aynsley Dunbar (who would later play with Journey and Whitesnake) and renowned jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Enjoy.

And while we’re on the subject of rats, I couldn’t help but notice on Tuesday that several rained down on the ice despite the fact the Florida Panthers lost to the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout. Which had many fans primarily wondering what happens to the rats once they are cleaned from the ice after a Panther win. Are they sent right back to Pantherland for a another $5 resale (which, Yorkanomically speaking, is pretty smart, if you ask me) or are they thrown out if they’re too dilapidated (I had to look it up) for resale.

But a reader question to George Richard’s twitter feed yesterday got us wondering about something that could very easily happen. Imagine the scenario if one of the opposing fans (of which there are many depending on the opponent) decided they’d throw a rat repeatedly as if they were a Panther fan, causing a two minute power play for their team. It seems like an unlikely scenario, but is it? In the recent seasons, these kinds of things weren’t necessary for road teams to get a win over the Cats, but what about now that they’re no longer a pushover? There’s no provision in the rule preventing an away team being penalized if they’re fan throws objects, just the home team. Just a thought as we embrace the return of the rats. Let’s hope this scenario never comes true!

And if you’re an opposing fan planning to visit the Bank Atlantic Center anytime soon….forget you read this.

On to the links! (after the jump)

Mike Berardino examines the assertion from some opponents that the Panthers are a one-line team. Sun Sentinel

Chris Pronger becaomes the latest concussion casualty as his season is over. Puck Daddy

While not season ending (at least, not yet), Brian Rolston is the latest concussed NHLer. This time, Brian Rolston. Pro Hockey Talk

More concussion talk? Seems to be the rage, especially in Carolina. Cardiac Cane

David Strehle examines the crowded net in Vancouver. RLD Hockey

Darryl Sutter is poised to take over as the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Adam Proteau has a different idea of who should be behind the bench is LA. The Hockey News

The World Junior Championships begin in about 10 Day, Jared Crozier looks at it from a Canadian’s perspective. Senshot

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