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Reunited may not feel so Good

Berternie3 Ric Jackman? Meet Todd Bertuzzi. Todd, this is Ric. Some call him Jack, some don't.

Anyway, while the two didn't spend much time on the ice together while with the Panthers this season, Ric and Bert will likely reacquaint themselves Thursday in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

With Anaheim's Chris Pronger suspended for the game, it appears Ric is healthy -- the team says he's suffered from back spasms -- and will make his postseason debut as Pronger's replacement.Ricjackman_2

Jackman played in only seven games for the Panthers this season (hey, that's the same number of games Bert played in) before being traded west to Anaheim. He appeared in 24 games with the Ducks, scoring once with 10 assists. Bertuzzi has now played in 13 postseason games, so once he hits the ice Thursday, he will have played in twice as many playoff games as he skated in as a member of the Panthers. And for a lot less money than the Panthers paid him, for sure.

Rodney -- Some have complained about the lack of entries here of late. I feel your pain. So do a number of golf courses around Broward County. Sheesh. I need to get back to work and leave these innocent golf courses alone. What have they ever done to me? Nothing. It's not right (although I do hit the ball that way quite a bit).

-- Was at the Cats Cookout on Tuesday. Nice deal. They announced the '96 reunion weekend (golf tournament on July 27 at Parkland CC, charity game at CSA on July 28). Details: they have VIP packages for both, although fans can buy general admission tickets for $5 on the day of the game. A free ticket can be printed out by visiting the team's website.

-- Met up with Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton yesterday. Both say they want to remain with the Panthers and why not. I mean seriously. What else do you expect them to say. If you are a Panthers fan, however, it looks good that Nathan is sticking around SFla during the offseason and during the off-ice program the team wants instead of spending his entire break back in Canada.

Will have more stuff from these two here tomorrow after I go through the tape.