Oct 27, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) shoots the game winning goal in a shoot out past Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) at BB&T Center. Robert Mayer USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers Morning Nips: 10/30/13

Its Wednesday, its hump day, and its also Game 6 of the World Series here in Boston. That means I can look forward to my commute being torpedoed by the Fenway Faithful clogging up all the busses and subways, and if things weren’t bad enough, Obama is in town. Oh whats that…? You don’t care….? Good point, back to the Panthers.

Its almost Halloween, let’s hope the Panthers dress up like a contending hockey team. Maybe they’ll leave that costume on for a couple of months like the kid who wears his batman costume to school every day until Christmas. Anyway, here is the latest news from Panther-Middle Earth:

  • The Florida Panthers are in the market to make some deals and as I wrote yesterday, there may be some action sooner rather than later. According to The Fourth Period, Panther GM Dale Tallon is not looking to receive prospects or draft picks for his veterans but rather Tallon is looking for young NHL ready talent. Does that mean we have entered the next phase of the blueprint? The Panthers are already flush with prospects and as some of those players join the squad it would be nice to complement them with some young NHL-proven talent. If this report is true than it would seem to indicate that Tallon and co. think they are getting closer to contending.
  • Jesse Winchester, fresh off being named our number one star of the week, is receiving props from all over. Here is a piece from George Richards and the Miami Herald detailing Winchester’s path to the Panthers and the style of play that has allowed him to stick with the team.
  • Tim Thomas has been skating and could practice with the team today. His time table for a return is still unclear.

From around the league

  • Alex Steen is leading the NHL with 11 goals. Now is a good time to ditch that ‘underrated’ label. (Bleedin Blue)
  • It must be nice to be a Bruins fan and to be able to complain about a 7-3-0 start. (Causeway Crowd)
  • Game of the night had to be the Blackhawks 6-5 win over the Senators. Jonathan Toews led the way with a hat trick for Chicago. (Blackhawk Up)

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