The start of another hockey season is right around the corner. The last days of August are the deep breath before the plunge. Here is the latest from the Panthers-verse to get your Monday started:
- The Florida Panthers will open their Prospect Camp September 4th, a mere ten days away. The camp will include a round robin tournament which will pit the Panthers prospects against the prospects of the Lightning, Bruins and Predators. From there things will really start picking up as full team training camps open September 11th.
- The San Antonio Rampage schedule is out, and the team begins play October 4th with a home game against the Chicago Wolves. Whatever Panther prospects don’t make the Florida roster coming out of training camp will probably end up in San Antonio. That means the Rampage could feature the likes of Vincent Trocheck, Jonathan Racine, Alex Petrovic and so on….
- In case you haven’t heard already, Panthers minority owner Jordan Zimmerman is suing the company FriendFinder for the $1 million investment he made in the company. And oh by the way, FriendFinder is a company that maintains a number of adult hook-up and porn websites. This story was salaciously reported over the weekend and its clear that there is nothing we plebeians enjoy more than seeing our wealthy elite shamed in a public forum. But really, did anyone know who Jordan Zimmerman was before this weekend? (apparently this Jordan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals’ starting pitcher are not the same person) Does this story have anything to do with hockey? No. If Zimmerman was suing a company that made toaster ovens nobody would have cared. Anyway after watching the 20 year old Miley Cyrus simulate autoeroticism with a foam finger last night at the VMA’s its clear that the commercialization of pornogrophy in our mainstream culture is well under way and perhaps Mr. Zimmerman is just an early adopter.
- ESPN.com published a brief preview of some Panther players to watch, and when I say brief, I mean BRIEF. You have to be an ESPN Insider to read the full article so after agreeing to a free 30 day trial to read past the preview, I was disappointed to find that the rest of the article only consisted of about 200 words.