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No Respect for Panthers

RodneySo, Panther fan, feeling good about your squad heading into the season? Feeling there's no way the Panthers will be left out of the postseason again this year?

Apparently, there are a few folks who disagree with you pal.

According to things I've found online, the Panthers neither have a player listed in The Hockey News' Top 50 players (sorry Olli, Tomas). And, THN and McKeens don't think, at least right now, that Florida is a playoff team.

THN has the Panthers 12th in the East this coming season, finishing above Montreal, the Islanders and Boston, but just below powerhouses Toronto, Washington and Philadelphia. McKeens also has the Panthers on the outside looking in, placing them 11th in the East.

So what does this all mean? Should JM blow up the roster again and start over?

Come on. It's a few meaningless preseason predictions. I don't know if Florida will be in the playoffs next year, no one does. They seem to be going in the right direction, but we'll see what happens.

Again, the Panthers have to win before people will respect them. It's that simple. Show me, and I'll believe in you. That's the way it is.

PS: Roberto Luongo is third (up from 25th) in the TSN Top 50.


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in "the Hockey News" magazine, they have Jay Bo listed on their "nike all star squad" for the east... And they also did a feature on Brett Mclean saying that hes got alot of determination and that the Panthers may be the team to bring out the best in him...

lol at Washington finishing higher.

People vastly underrate the Panthers team defense which showed marked improvement last year.

But these are all meaningless. Remember, the phins were going to the super bowl under nick satan!

respect is earned. after 8 straight seasons without a playoff birth martin could put a team full of sidney crosby's, chris prongers and martin brodeurs and still these "experts" would pick them to finish in the bottom of the conference. we're the cincinnati bengals circa 1995 - no one's going to believe it until they see it.

I like the Panthers' chances this season... I also wear the role of "sleeper" and "underdog" like a badge of honor... They won't see it coming 'til we stick it in and break it off!

As soon as Luongo goes to a Canadian team, TSN ranks him as the best in the land.

No surprise to me.

As soon as Luongo had the year he had in Vancouver, and MADE THE PLAYOFFS (Something you Panther fans knocked him for), as well as GOT THEM INTO THE SECOND ROUND, and was RUNNER-UP FOR THE VEZINA, TSN ranked him third. But please, let's ignore those facts.

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