I was talking to a Bruins season ticket holder who was at the game yesterday when Steven Stamkos had to be stretchered off the ice with a broken tibia. The guy said the fan sentiment was almost 100% behind Stamkos but there were one or two guys cheering the injury. Thankfully the a**ho*** cheering on the injury were promptly shut up by their fellow fans as they should have been. If you are a true hockey fan, there is no way you can see Stamkos getting carted off the ice and have anything remotely resembling a good feeling. He is one of the leagues best players and one of the most exciting to watch. On top of that he is a stand up guy who puts his head down and goes about his business. We here at The Rat Trick wish him a speedy recovery. Hopefully he will be back terrorizing the Panthers sooner rather than later.
Here is the latest from The Wall:
- On Sunday the Florida Panthers loaned Jacob Markstrom to their minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Markstrom, 23, has a 1-5-3 record in 11 games with the Panthers. He has a .877 Sv% and 3.36 GAA. The move means Scott Clemmensen, 36, will stay with the Panthers as Tim Thomas‘ backup.
- The Panthers have also sent defenseman Ryan Whitney, 30, to the minors and replaced him by calling up Mike Mottau, 35. Whitney is pointless in six games this season. On most occasions he was one of the Panthers healthy scratches. In 13 games with San Antonio Mottau has two points (1-1-2), 10 PIMs and a plus four rating. I am surprised the Panthers went with Mottau when they have the likes of Colby Robak and Alex Petrovic playing in San Antonio but it could be because Ed Jovanovski is close to returning to the Panthers which would mean Mottau’s call-up will be short lived and of the roster filling variety, i.e. he may not play very much with Florida.
The rumors surrounding the Panthers will be omniscient the rest of the season and must will not be very substantial. Today we have a couple speculative rumors for you:
- Here Edmonton writer Jonathan Willis wonders if the Oilers should reach out to Dale Tallon about acquiring the services of Panther d-man Tom Gilbert. Interesting because the Oilers declined to re-sign Gilbert in the off-season which is how he got to Florida in the first place.
Is there any reason Craig MacTavish shouldn’t call Dale Tallon tonight and find out the cost of plugging Tom Gilbert on the second pair?
— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) November 11, 2013
- From the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman: The Toronto Maple Leafs apparently have shown some interest in Mike Weaver, while Marcel Goc (one year 1.7 mill) and Shawn Matthias (two years 1.75 mill per) are two options to be traded because of their palatable contracts compared to other Panthers on hard to move deals such as Scottie Upshall, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann etc.