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|
|Ed Jovanovski||Sean Bergenheim||Scott Clemmensen||Nick Bjugstad|