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Philadelphia Layover

RockyPHILADELPHIA -- Got redirected to the City of Brotherly Shove, which means I probably won't see my luggage until sometime next week. Perhaps they can just forward it to Raleigh and save me the trouble of repacking for Trip No. 2.

Hard to gather much regarding your Florida Panthers from this preseason, other than the young kids made the most of their extended playing time. Thanks to nagging injuries to a good portion of the regular lineup, guys like Shawn Matthias, Michael Frolik, Michal Repik, Keaton Ellerby, Mike Duco, Tanner Glass and Anthony Stewart got plenty of time to show their worth.

For the most part, the kids made it time well spent.

Sunnyphilly Sure, we knew there are only a few spots, although JM has said Florida will carry the 23-man max to start the season. If some of these injuries linger -- although with quite a bit of time between now and the Oct. 10 opener in Carolina -- more spots could open up at least in the short term. There are a total of 27 guys on the roster right now, so the fight is on.

I'm sure JM has been working the phones, seeing what interest in some of his veteran guys are. The Panthers want to give their youngsters a chance, and it appears at least a few of them are close to being ready for prime time.

We shall see.


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