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Playoffs for Panthers -- Kind Of

BeezerratsWell, the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs kicks off tonight, and believe it or not, the Panthers are involved.

Of course we're talking about ex-Panthers. Always seems to be plenty around in the playoffs.

Of the Elite Eight teams remaining, only Montreal and Philadelphia don't have former Florida players on their active roster. Three teams (Detroit, San Jose and Dallas) have two each. Here's the breakdown:

Western Conference -- Detroit: Andreas Lilja (2002-04); Mikael Samuelsson (2003-04). Colorado: Ruslan Salei (2006-08). San Jose: Sandis Ozolinsh (2002-03); Alexei Semenov (2005-07). Dallas: Stu Barnes (1993-96); Niklas Hagman (2001-04). Eastern Conference -- Pittsburgh: Gary Roberts (2005-07); Rangers: Martin Straka (1995-97).

Enjoy the semifinals...