Richard looks to be in good shape, and showed some of his trademark speed on a number of occasions today at Incredible Ice. Spoke with him after the practice, and as many of you would expect, he wants to put what happened to him in February behind him.
Not going to be that easy. He says he doesn't want to be asked about the accident in Buffalo on a weekly -- or daily -- basis, and says he and the Panthers PR crew are working on some sort of solution. That could be something as easy as them doing an interview with Richard and taping it, then giving DVD copies to media types in each city.
Of course, that isn't going to fly. The only way Richard avoids talking about this in every city the Panthers travel to is to make himself unavailable to the media.
Which, if I was a betting man, is where I think this thing is headed.
Much, much more from Richard in tomorrow's Miami Herald.
-- Word on the street is the Panthers will not have a third alternate jersey this season. So, you're stuck with the blue or the white for at least another year.
-- A good portion of the Panthers are in town and working out, including Bryan McCabe. Those who weren't at practice Tuesday: Jay Bouwmeester, David Booth, Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton, Bryan Allen, Brett McLean, Cory Murphy and Rostislav Olesz.
-- The Panthers are going to have 53 players at training camp.
-- Where are they now?: Jozef Stumpel and Branislav Mezei, both part of the Panthers Class of '08, will play for Barys Astana of the new Russian KHL this season. Barys Astana is based in Kazakhstan which, you know, is very nice.
-- The Lightning are the latest team to be linked to Mats Sundin. Hey, as we've stated before: No state/provincial income tax for Mr. Mats. Wake me when this one is over...
-- Daniel Alfredsson is getting ready for what he hopes is a big season in 2008-09. Check out the pic...Say what you will about Incredible Ice, but at least the Panthers don't have to walk around on their knees to save their skates.
-- Do the Sundin -- err, Sedin -- boys have a long-term future in Vancouver? They're checking on it.
-- Ducks owner Henry Samueli may be headed to the Big House (and I ain't talking about Ann Arbor, Michigan).