Anyway, no parade through the streets of Sunrise for the Panthers just yet. (Seriously, what if the Panthers ever won the Cup? Where would the parade be? Through the Sawgrass Parking lot, around Bahama Breeze, to the arena? Would it be on the New River like the Marlins? Downtown Miami? How many sponsors would this parade have? Over/under is 20.)
OK, back to reality. The Rangers are in town and Florida needs two points. The time off has seen Florida sink in the standings and the team has a back-to-backer in Buffalo/Jersey forthcoming.
-- Ed Belfour will start tonight against the Blueshirts based on not only how well he played against them last time, but because its been almost a week since his last start. Don't want Eddie's wings to get rusty. By most reports in NY, Henrik Lundqvist is back in net after Kevin Weekes started the past three.
-- Todd Bertuzzi spoke to the assembled SoFla media today, says its way too early to give a timetable for his return just yet. Dude just started rehab yesterday, so we'll cut him a break.
-- Spoke with Martin Gelinas today after practice, he'll be the subject of Sunday's 'Catching up With' in the Miami Herald. In case you missed it, last week's subject was goalie Alex Auld. Fun guy to talk to. CLICK HERE IFYOUWANNA
-- Joe Nieuwendyk is back tonight, although he and Gary Roberts took off early today.
-- JM confirmed that he was working on a deal to send this beat writer to Ottawa at yesterday's GM meetings in Toronto. Glad the trade fell through. Ottawa's too cold for me, eh.
He also says he doesn't expect many major trades because so many teams are close to maxing out their cap number. He compared it to the NFL, where trades are rare because the money has to match on most of the trades to work. So, don't look for the Cats to make any deals just yet. Unless I go. That would be a minor deal tho....