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The Boys are Back

MiamiarenaGet out those rubber rats, the 1996 Florida Panthers are planning a comeback.

According to folks inside the organization, a reunion weekend is scheduled for sometime in July; it's going to include a dinner, golf tournament, and yes, a reunion game.

While the game should take place at Miami Arena, the Panthers don't own that place. So, the Sunrise arena is going to have to do. The official announcement is going to come at Tuesday's cookout at the arena, with Randy Moller telling me there's going to be a few of the '96 players on hand. Current Panthers Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton are also scheduled to appear.

Players you can expect to take part in the '96 reunion include Scott Mellanby, John Vanbiesbrouck, Bill Lindsey and Gord Murphy.

Don't have details on tickets or anything like that just yet. From what I've been told, it's costing like $50,000 to put ice back into the arena in the middle of the summer. So the team seems to be taking this seriously (or it's trying to get another version of Disney on Ice to come through town.)

Course we could always do this thing down in Miami. Betcha there's plenty of rats running around the old arena these days.