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Sweet Home, Atlanta

Atlanta96ATLANTA -- Still here in PepsiTown, making a rare three-night visit to a city during the regular season. Practicing tomorrow in a place called Duluth, then off to Raleigh for the final time this season.

The team had today off to see the sights, some taking in the aquarium, others the World of Diet Dr. Pepper. A few even went to Turner Field to see the Bravos play Pittsburgh.

Met up with JM at the team hotel this morning, talked about a number of things. Even got some newsy stuff that some will find interesting.

-- According to JM, Don Waddell invited Craig Anderson and David Booth to represent Team USA at the World Championships this summer. JM says both -- not a surprise here -- have accepted.

JM says he thinks Magnus Johansson (Sweden) and Rostislav Olesz (Czech) will also play in the tournament held next month in Canada. He adds he thinks Team Canada is interested in Jay Bouwmeester, but he wasn't sure what Jay thinks about it.

-- Cory Murphy back in the lineup tomorrow it appears. Martin hinted he might move Montador back to a forward line, so it'll be interesting to see who sits on Friday.

-- Tomas Vokoun gets the call in net Friday in Caroliner, with Anderson going Saturday in the District.

-- JM adds he has all the confidence that Michael Frolik will sign a professional contract with the Panthers once his junior season is over. When I asked him if I was worried about Frolik stonewalling the Panthers so he could re-enter the draft, JM scoffed at the notion.

He adds that Michael Caruso isn't signed yet, but he's not worried about him either. The Panthers have to sign both by June 1. JM adds he doesn't think Caruso is going to return for another year of juniors and will be in rookie camp in late August, early September and then be in Panther camp.

-- Braves lead Pitt 3-2 here in the eighth...

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