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A Fresh Begining

MatthiasThe Panthers kicked off the 2008-09 season Saturday in Kitchner, Ontario, with the Florida rookies dropping a 4-2 decision to Ottawa at the Kitchner Auditorium.

Adam Comrie and Shawn Matthias (pictured) both scored for the Cats; Tyler Plante made 21 saves. Florida continues its rookie tournament Sunday at 2 against the Baby Penguins.

WEEKEND LYNX

-- Puck Daddy's take on your Florida Panthers.

-- The Hockey News thinks this is a make-or-break year for Stephen Weiss.

-- Eric Duhatschek says there are a lot of compelling storylines this coming season.

-- Ray Slover at the Sporting News says the NHL needs to fix its current state of affairs before expanding into Europe.

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"2008-09 Preseason Report Card:
Forwards: C
Defense: B
Goaltending: B
Special Teams: B
Coaching: Inc.
Management: D"

Wow. I couldnt say much to all of the stuff written, until I saw this.

Forwards, fine, I agree. Defense? You can argue its better, but ok, I can settle there. But goaltending as a B??? And saying Vokoun is nothing more than a solid goaltender who will win you more than he will lose you? With Anderson backing him up? George, this guy is smoking something strong. Vokoun was an all star, and with this defense in front of him, and having arguably the best backup behind him in Anderson, how could they both be a B? Nuts I say.


And management with a D, I think JM has done a great job actually focusing on an area, building from the net on out, rather than doing a Keenan and leaving holes all across the place.

George:

First,thanks for your posts here and on HF Boards. They are "must read" material for Panther fans.

Second, with all of the changes to the team, no one knows how well or how poorly the Panthers will play this year.

I heard there was a scrap too, with Zack Smith edging out the Panthers player. Anyone know who the Panthers guy was?

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