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Sean Bergenheim did not see the ice for the Panthers last season but he was busy behind the scenes. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers Morning Nips: 7/31/13

So here we are, the last day of July, tomorrow will be August and we are one day closer to the start of the Florida Panthers’ 2013-14 NHL campaign. That means there are only 64 days until the Panthers drop the puck on their season opener against the Dallas Stars. The news may be slow this time of year but we will do the best we can to provide your daily Florida Panthers fix, so without further ado, these. are. the links. (Kurtis Blow voice!!!)

  • Okay so this is a very old news article (March 1st to be exact) but it does a good job of summarizing the Sean Bergenheim situation from last year. I feel like the Bergenheim story did not receive enough coverage during the season hence why I am bringing it back. Here is the spark notes version: Bergenheim got injured sometime during the NHL lockout, lockout rules stipulate that if a player gets injured while playing overseas, that players NHL team does not have to pay said players contract while he is injured. The Panthers tried to use this as reasoning for not paying Bergenheim the $2.75 million that they owed him for the year. Bergenheim filed a medical grievance claiming that he sustained the injury prior to the season. Bergenheim won his medical grievance so the Panthers were forced to pay him his salary. Regardless of all the back room haggling, Bergenheim’s injury was serious enough to keep him out for the entire season. He should be back in time for the 2013-14 season and hopefully his relationship with the Panthers’ franchise has not soured too much.
  • The Florida Panthers may be an option for Tim Thomas next season. Would signing Thomas be a good move for the Panthers? Here, I argue that a Thomas signing would absolutely not be good for the Panthers.
  • Finally, are you bored without NHL hockey this summer? If you are, check out these five ways to occupy yourself during the NHL offseason.
  • Here is your vintage Panthers video of the day:

The recent talk about an “all-time” Panthers team has got me in a nostalgic mood so here is footage from a post-game playoff brawl between the Panthers and Penguins. This brawl occurred during the Panthers 95-96 playoff run and two things stand out. One: Tom Barrasso TAKE OFF YOUR HELMET!! How are we going to get a goalie fight if Barrasso won’t take off his helmet? Vanbiesbrouck was ready to go, shame on you Tom Barrasso! Second: This game was aired on ESPN. Remember that when ESPN showed hockey? Not only that but I love that Baseball Tonight was on following the game or more specifically I love that Karl Ravech and Harold Reynolds were hosting Baseball Tonight. Classic.

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