Florida Panther Nips: Pre-season, Tim Thomas, New Owners

The Florida Panthers are suddenly finding themselves in the news. The day after Tim Thomas joined the team for his first practice, the New York Post broke the story that the Panthers could be sold to a New York based owner very soon. On top of all that, the Panthers travel to Dallas today to take on the Stars at 8:30 pm ET.

Panthers head to Texas for two against the Stars

After taking both games in their doubleheader against the Predators on Monday, the Panthers make the trip to Texas for the first of two pre-season games against the Dallas Stars. Tonight in Dallas, Jacob Markstrom is expected to start and play the entire game. Nick Bjugstad will remain in Florida as he recovers from a concussion. Tim Thomas will travel with the team but he will not play against the Stars or against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Jonathan Huberdeau is also sitting out tonight’s game as he works his way back to full strength following offseason hip surgery.

The second game against the Stars will be held Friday in San Antonio and many of the players occupying the bottom of the Panthers’ depth chart will not make the trip back to Florida with the Panthers but rather stay in San Antonio for the start of Rampage training camp.

Tim Thomas

The Panthers’ newest import Tim Thomas made his practice debut yesterday and spent some time talking to the media after the skate. Thomas, talked about how excited he is to get back on the ice with an NHL squad. He talked about feeling ‘rejuvenated’ and ‘reborn’ following his year away from the game. You can check out the full interview on the Panthers home page.

Panthers possible sale

The news regarding the potential sale of the Florida Panthers has been furiously making its way around the net. The man leading the group to purchase the Panthers from majority owner Cliff Viner is, Vincent “Vinnie” Viola, the former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and a former minority owner of the New Jersey Nets.

The sale does not mean the Panthers will be relocating as they currently have a lease with Broward County to play in the BB&T Center through 2028. The sale would explain why Dale Tallon was so limited in the off-season moves he was able to make and it also offers hope that the new owners may have deeper pockets and may be willing to spend more on player salaries.

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