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LuongoThe Vancouver Canucks are going away from tradition and have named goalie Roberto Luongo its captain for the 2008-09 season.

Luongo will be assisted by alternates captains Willie Mitchell, Matthias Ohlund and Ryan Kesler.

According to TSN.ca, Luongo -- by league rule -- cannot wear the 'C', but can be named captain. Mitchell will deal with officials on a nightly basis.

According to the Vancouver Province, the last goalie to be captain of an NHL team was Montreal's Bill Durnan in 1947-48.

So, what are your thoughts on this? Should the Panthers -- looking for someone to replace Olli Jokinen -- perhaps consider doing something similar and naming Tomas Vokoun captain? Sure, it would be copy-catty, but there is no doubt Tomas is a strong leader in that room who leads not only with his words but with his action and strong work ethic.

It's definitely something Peter DeBoer should consider. And I think Luongo may be the first goalie captain in 60 years, but he won't be the last. Other teams will follow suit. Perhaps Florida, New Jersey too.

Comments, as always, welcomed below.

-- Didn't have anything in the paper today, but will have a story on the revamped Rochester Americans tomorrow. The Amerks kicked off training camp today, with Benoit Groulx putting the boys through their paces. Should be a good camp, considering all of these guys have been working together with the Panthers the past few weeks. For more Amerks coverage, definitely check out the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle.

-- Rochester's Steve MacIntyre was claimed off waivers by Edmonton. If he doesn't make the Oilers, the Panthers could get him back (they have right of first refusal if he's cut by the Oil). He must have made quite the impression on the Oilers last week.

DAILY LYNX

-- Jeff O'Neill gives up his comeback bid with the WhalerCanes says Chip Alexander...

-- Lot of stuff going on with the Lightning. Damien Cristodero  and Erik Erlendsson report from Prague.

-- The Canadian Press figures the Eastern Conference is up for grabs this year. I concur.

-- Puck Daddy checks out your Washington Capitals.

-- The NHL going back to ESPN? One can only hope. More games = more fun. Oh, and go Twins.

-- Penguins news: Sergei Gonchar out four to six months.

--- Nikolai Khabibulin clears waivers and could be headed to the minors.

-- Mike Brophy says the Leafs should think long and hard about bringing in Stevie Y to be their new GM.

FROM THE PANTHERS

COUNTDOWN TO PANTHERS OPENING NIGHT

10 Days: Pavel Bure

10 – Pavel Bure

RW Pavel Bure played on the Florida Panthers from 2001-2004. Bure twice won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy with the Panthers as the NHL’s top goal scorer. He scored 58 goals in the 1999-2000 season and 59 goals in the 2000-01 season.

PANTHERS PRESEASON (2-2-2)

Florida has one remaining preseason game on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Islanders at the BankAtlantic Center.

PANTHERS ON THE AIR

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Bill Lindsay on MY33’s Jim and Jade in the Morning at 7:00 a.m. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Head Coach Peter DeBoer on 790 The Ticket live with Sid Rosenberg at 7:15 a.m.

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