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Panthers New Goalie

StumpelgoalieThe Panthers had a new goalie in net at the end of Saturday's practice in Coral Springs.

I know the photo is a little fuzzy, but if you click on it, you get a better image.

In net: Jozef Stumpel. On offense: Tomas Vokoun.

While Vokoun and Stumpel traded equipment and assignments, Rostislav Olesz kept feeding the puck and trying to get shots past Stumpel. Vokoun also tried defending Olesz on a breakaway, one time flipping on Olesz's first move. Fun stuff after a pretty hard practice.

Check out the video of Stumpel and Vokoun's performance here: OFFICIAL SITE OF GOOFY VIDEO...

-- Got some news for you. David Booth is back in the lineup tomorrow, says he feels 100 percent and is ready to roll. Anthony Stewart, who got his first point of the season last night, is joining Rochester for its big tilt in Cleveland tonight.

-- Ruslan Salei didn't practice today, Martin not giving reason other than saying he needed some rest. Says he's pretty sure Salei is back in the lineup tomorrow against the Flyers. But, just in case, Martin Lojek is still around.

-- Heard some people had problems with a few bad apples in the very large Montreal contingent last night, some complaining to me that the Panthers shouldn't cater to visiting teams like this. Seriously, are you kidding? They had the biggest crowd in the building's history for a hockey game -- and that includes the All-Star Game a few years back. This was the best money making game the franchise has had in a long time. Almost every ticket distributed last night was paid for, and you can't sneeze at that.

Say what you want about home ice advantage, but who knows how many Florida fans were in the house because, well, the Panthers stunk it up so quickly "they didn't have anything to cheer for,'' JM said. Touche.

Plus, there were considerably more Montreal fans at Bell Center last week in Montreal and the Panthers had no problem quieting that bunch down. The Panthers like having a lot of people in the building, makes it fun. There was a good buzz last night, one the Panthers -- and their accountants -- would love to see more of.

-- Will be blogging courtside from BankAtlantic Center later this afternoon. That's right, a special University of Miami Orange Bowl basketball blog. Will see you in a bit. Remember to check back because I have a pretty funny story for ya...

Later, Florida Gator...

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