Florida Panthers Morning Nips: 9/24/13

Sep 18, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) chases the puck in the Dallas Stars zone during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Panthers 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The summer has officially faded into fall and the NHL regular season is set to get underway. For the Florida Panthers, now is the time for roster trimming and soon enough we will know the players that will go with the team into battle when they travel to Dallas for their October 3rd season debut. Most of the news surrounding the Panthers has to do with the team’s recent cuts but there is also some interesting stuff about the possible sale of the team. Here is your daily scan of all things Panthers:

  • Tom Gilbert was on very few people’s radars going into training camp but the 30 year old defenseman who is with the Panthers on a PTO, has a very legitimate, if not a bit outside, chance of making the Panthers. Here is a profile of the 6’2″ 204 lb. Minnesota native, courtesy of the Panthers home page.
  • The Panthers made more cuts on Sunday sending the following players back to San Antonio: Forwards, Jon Matsumoto, Greg Rallo, Scott Timmins, Eric Selleck, defenseman Mike Caruso and goaltender Michael Houser. Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel published his projected roster and with injuries to Ed Jovanovski, and Sean Bergenheim the projection includes bubble guys Vincent Trocheck, Joey Crabb and Bobby Butler.
  • Garry Bettman told ESPN.com that the sale of the Panthers is “on track” and the two sides are working to get a deal done “as quickly as possible”. This is good news for the Cats as there is nothing worse than being in long-term ownership limbo so if the team is going to be sold it is best that a deal is done ASAP.
  • The latest edition of The Rat Trick’s “Lets Get To Know” series was published on Monday and this time we took a look at the Ottawa Senators. Did you know that Rihanna recently caused a stir by wearing a Senators jersey as a very short dress and many people in the know took this as a veiled shot at Toronto native (and suspect hockey fan) Drizzy Drake with whom she has had a recent rocky rumor filled relationship? Well now you do. If your into that sort of useless nonsensical knowledge than jump over and read more on the Ottawa Senators.

Topics: Florida Panthers, NHL Training Camp

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