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DalejrCHICAGO -- Been flying all day trying to get to the Big Apple from Saskatoon. Not easy, you can bet.

According to the Panthers, not a whole lot going on. The team practiced at the University of Saskatchewan today, and as of 3:45 Miami time, they were in the air -- in their Miami Heat jumbo jet -- heading to Chicago.

Four players, however, didn't make the trip to Wrigleyville.

As expected, Shawn Matthias, Michal Repik, Michael Frolik and Keaton Ellerby were released back to their junior teams. There was a thought some of these players (especially Frolik and Matthias) might have been allowed to stick around longer, maybe make it all the way back to South Florida. But in the end, JM decided it was better for them to return to juniors and begin dominating play at that level instead of fighting for time with the big boys.

Good experience for them all, and since all four are 19, camp will be a little different next year since going back to juniors isn't going to be an option.

-- Just in case you hadn't heard, Craig Anderson starts tomorrow night against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium II.


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