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From Russia With Love

RockydragoGreetings from Philadelphia, home of the cheesesteak, President Ben Franklin and one former world champion heavyweight named Rocky Balboa.

True story: The stores in the Philadelphia airport sell Rocky t-shirts as well as a gotta-admit-it's-cool black sweatshirt that says "Italian Stallion" on the front.

True story II: If you are flying through Philly on U.S. Air, don't even bother checking a bag. If you do, make sure you bring a carry on with your essentials. Why? They're going to lose it, that's why. Trust me on this one.

Anyway, the beat up Panthers are getting a little lift today, with defenseman Alexei Semenov coming back from Siberia to join the team. Semenov, you might remember, took a two-way contract during the offseason after apparently being told by Mike Keenan he was going to make the team. Well, since he and Ari Vallin were the only two D-men at camp with a two-way, he lost the numbers crunch and was sent to Rochester. He eventually left Rochester and was (wink-wink) suspended by the Panthers.

Anywho, now he's back. He practiced with the team at CSA this morning and is on the trip to Montreal. So, too, is Gregory Campbell. Not on the trip: Jozef Stumpel, Todd Bertuzzi and Rostislav Olesz.

Wasn't at practice and haven't been around the team since Thursday's loss at Minnesota, so that's all I gots for ya. Oh, except for this: Semenov

Welcome back, Alexei....