Oct 1, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) checks on teammate George Parros (15) as he lies on ice after a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Colton Orr (not pictured) during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers Morning Nips: 10/2/13

Oct 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) is congratulated by defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) for scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Capitals 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Last night the NHL regular season got underway. As is typical in the NHL, there was some beautiful, Ales Hemsky’s goal against the Jets, and there was some ugly, George Parros being carted off the ice after landing on his face during his second fight of the night. It is getting harder and harder to justify the place of fighting in hockey, but that is a topic for another day, for now let’s take a look around the league:

  • Grantland’s Sean McIndoe always has a charming take on happenings in the league and his team-by-team season preview is no different. As entertaining as the preview is, the zero-perspective-having Panther fan in me has to take issue with his “Best Case Scenario” for the Florida Panthers this year:

Best case: Thomas turns out to still be one of the best goalies in the league, rocketing the team all the way up to … I don’t know, 27th? Sorry, Panthers fans, that’s pretty much the best I can do.”

At least he apologized to the Panthers fans out there. All fifteen of us.

  • Last night’s injury to George Parros has brought the issue of fighting in the NHL to the forefront. It is getting harder and harder to get excited about NHL fights with all the information we now have about their destructive nature. Of course as long as we have fans like this, fighting looks to be here to stay.
  • The Florida Panthers announced their 23-man roster yesterday. The team placed five players on IR as well. The roster looks like we expected it to as there were not really any surprises. Here is the Panthers 23-man roster:


Jonathan Huberdeau Marcel Goc Scott Gomez Tomas Fleischmann
Shawn Matthias Aleksander Barkov Kris Versteeg Tomas Kopecky
Drew Shore Scottie Upsahll Joey Crab Jesse Winchester
Brad Boyes Krys Barch


Erik Gudbranson Tom Gilbert Ryan Whitney Brian Campbell
Matt Gilroy Dmitry Kulikov Mike Weaver


Tim Thomas Jacob Markstrom

Injured Reserve:

Ed Jovanovski Sean Bergenheim Scott Clemmensen Nick Bjugstad
Steve Pinizzotto






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