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Florida Panthers Morning Nips: 8/5/13

Here are some Florida Panther/NHL related articles to get your week started off right:

  • NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk is coming through with some solid Panther’s coverages, here they talk about the similarities between Tallon’s tenures with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers.
  • More from Pro Hockey Talk: This article asks the question, is Jacob Markstrom the answer in goal for the Florida Panthers? Its a question we have asked here at the Rat Trick ad nauseam and while they, like the Rat Trick, fail to reach any concrete answers, it is as always an interesting discussion.
  • In case you missed it, NHL.com has been running daily previews of each NHL team. Their 30 in 30 series offers a brief look at what we can expect from each team going forward this season. It is the perfect amount of coverage for fans trying to catch up with the rest of the league. The Florida Panthers will have their time in the spotlight on Sunday, August 18th.
  • The NHL is pushing to add new franchises and the first expansion team could be heading to Seattle. (FanSided) Personally I think a team in Seattle would thrive and to be honest its about time they got a new professional sports team. With all the Sacramento Kings/Phoenix Coyotes-to-Seattle rumors going bust, hockey fans in the Northwest may be skeptical but I bet we will see an NHL team in Seattle within two years.
  • Non-traditional hockey statistics have been becoming more and more popular over the last few years. To this point they have had a mostly underground existence popping up in the seedy corners of the hockey world much like Trystero’s muted post horn appearing on a dreary San Francisco night. All that is about to change with release of Hockey Abstract by ESPN’s Rob Vollman. The title is an allusion to Bill James’ Baseball Abstract, a book that revolutionized the way we look at baseball by introducing the world to advanced statistics. While hockey is much harder to objectively quantify than baseball is, Vollman’s book sets out to serve as a definitive guide for those who want to dig deeper into the world of non-traditional stats. If this sort of thing interests you then I highly recommend you invest in this book.

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