Memo to Chad: It's currently 77 degrees here in Fort Lauderdale and the water's fine. The Panthers wish you were here!
Here's the deal to now: The Panthers make a deal right under the deadline, getting Kilger for a third round pick. Problem comes when Kilger decides he still has personal stuff he needs to work out. Kilger, you see, missed five games with the Maple Leafs earlier in February to sort out some things. The Panthers thought that was all worked out, he did play six more games after all.
Apparently the Panthers were under the guise that Kilger would join the team March 1, meet them in New York in time for the Panthers game with the Islanders.
He still hasn't reported, and Wednesday, the Panthers officially suspended him without pay.
Word is the suspension is retroactive to March 1. If that's the case, Kilger is giving up about $4,300 per day he misses. Say we count Thursday's game against the Pens: Kilger's tab is now at close to $26,000 -- without taxes.
The suspension apparently ends when he reports, although I guess he would have to meet with JM and teammates before he would be welcomed back (although I think NHLPA rules would stipulate when he returns, the money is turned back on). All it'll take is one of those Air Canada non stops to Fort Lauderdale...
- Apparently wins mean days off. JM gave the boys another vacation day today.
- The Panthers are going to honor athletic trainer Dave Zenobi tomorrow before the game, giving him something called a Good Sport award. Don't care what it's called, it's definitely deserved. I would say Dave is a good dude even if he wasn't a big Cleveland fan. Dave, you might remember, was the first guy to attend to Richard Zednik up in Buffalo, putting serious pressure on his sliced neck.
Richard is scheduled to be there as well and is expected to present Dave with the award at center ice before kickoff.
- Notice how many records Craig Anderson has secured in the past few days? His 53 saves against the Islanders is an NHL record for most saves in a shutout, his 93 saves in the past two games a record for most saves without giving up a goal. Also, Panthers are first NHL team to ever win consecutive road games by a 1-0 score. So good for them!
- JM got a little upset with me when I asked if he was concerned about the Panthers' offense. I mean, two goals in two games isn't exactly setting the world on fire. But if two goals gets you four points, so it goes I guess.