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Change of Scenery?

SnowohioCLEVELAND -- Still in C-Town, home of the Tribe, waiting to rejoin the Florida hockey club in Philadelphia, supposedly a very loving town.

The Panthers play two games before the league's trading deadline hits midnight, and despite Florida's recent third-period meltdowns, I don't see them as sellers and they don't have enough chips to wheel off to be major buyers either.

The Trade Olli voices are getting louder of late, and that's understandable. The team's late collapses speaks to its very heart, and therefore its leadership. Some of this is on Olli, yes. But it's on everyone on this team -- coach included. These are tough times to be part of the Panthers, especially since the team squandered six points, "earning" just one in the past three games.

Is there time for the Panthers to turn it around? Absolutely. But the team needs to turn on the signal and make their move now. They need to get three points out of Philly and New York, and that's not going to be easy.

-- My take on Olli: The time may just be right for a change of scenery for the Florida captain. He's about to go another season out of the playoffs, and now he's getting real close to Guy's NHL record for most games without appearing in the postseason.

He obviously hasn't been the same since the Richard Zednik incident in Buffalo (zero goals, one assist in past six games after scoring a goal in five straight including the Buffalo game), although he had a bunch of chances last night.

The problem for Florida is, it won't get back what it should for Olli in a deadline deal. Plus, moving your leading scorer and captain isn't real conducive toward making a playoff push.

But the Panthers could be of the mind that, well, they haven't made the playoffs WITH Olli; they can miss the playoffs just as well without him. Tough day for this franchise when that deal is made, though.

And maybe such trade is never done. A lot could happen between now and the playoffs.



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The team lacks toughness and there are too many euro players that don't care to make the post season. They just want to collect their pay check and talk how frail they are. We need more north american players that can communicate amongst themselves and go up and down the team as a whole.

Typical comment from the Beezer. It's time this team saw a shakeup.

But the Panthers could be of the mind that, well, they haven't made the playoffs WITH Olli; they can miss the playoffs just as well without him.

That is exactly the reasoning I've been giving my friends for trading Olli. We might actually plug up some holes with the players we get in return and turn out to be a better team.

Change of scenery for Olli? "Coach included" for blame??!! George, you must be kidding! The coach is ALSO the GM. He shoulders MOST of the blame. He directs the ship! His lineups make no sense most of the time. This guy WON'T WIN anywhere. This team has pieces to win now, here. THE COACH MUST GO!

WHY OH WHY OH FREAKIN' WHY WON'T YOU SAY IT!

Also, what's the implication here? That the Zednik incident has gotten in Olli's head? GIMME A FREAKIN' BREAK DUDE!!! Start drinking drinks with little umbrellas in them STARTING NOW!

Tell me why the Panthers won't get what they should for Jokinen at the deadline??? You make no sense in saying that. If they get nothing well buddy you wont have anything to write about since this team wont be in Florida in say 5 years from now! lol South Florida along with the media is a complete joke!

Brian: Do you think a team at the trading deadline, one trying to make a play for the playoffs, is going to give the Panthers something of real quality for Olli?

I would think Anaheim could, but they would have to throw in that No. 1 pick they got from Edmonton. They actually might for a player like Olli (who comes with 2 more years on his contract).

PG: You are right, Jacques has to shoulder a BRUNT of the blame. This team is blowing leads because of their style of play as much as anything else. You can see it coming. Team A, playing hard, desperate, working the puck in. The Panthers? They look like they are spinning in circles hoping the clock starts ticking faster.

I do not think Olli gets traded (right now), but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world -- for him. It would be a PR nightmare for the Panthers (unless they get a few decent players and the draft pick from Anaheim plus a few extras tossed in).

And if the Panthers don't make the playoffs, Jacques or Olli won't be here in 2008-09. Might be both, too...

And those who want Jacques fired need to relax. He's got until the end of the season to turn this thing around....

I officially jumped on the Fire JM bandwagon a bout a week ago. I had been on the fence for a bit, but in all reality, three seasons, and the same problems. How many games did we blow last year at the buzzer? Its the same thing this year. And worse yet, JM doesn't call out the team but instead blames it on bad bounces.

I love the guy as GM. In one offseason he really showed some intelligence and execution. But he doesn't seem like he can get guys fired up, he doesn't seem to hold people accountable, and if he does, its softly muttered, if at all.

I would personally rather have a coach that gets visibly excited/angry/happy/emotional. Not to mention i don't agree with his style of play for this current team.

A team takes on the personality of its leaders and this team is soft and does not appear to communicate on the ice.

Just watch the team try and clear their own zone, the wingers or defenseman send blind passes toward the blue line where they are intercepted game after game for 3 years now, the other team is hungrier, quicker on their line changes, the panthers are always a step behind,

We have no one willing to fight in front of the net. Our best player is in Juniors because coach/gm wants to hold onto him one more year.

The so called best player on the Panthers is soft and doesn't battle since he injured his shoulder his first year (Horton).

We have one defenseman with the potential to be a superstar who hesitates way too much for his experience

The rest of the defenseman would be the 5th, 6th or healthy scratch on most teams.

Martin is not the right coach for this team as they have too many guys that are not confident and he doesn't see this.

We need leadership, we have one player that you can count on to work hard game after game and that is David Booth other than that there is not one player on this team playing up to his potential.

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