The Panthers and the Senators both practiced at Incredible Ice today because the Big Bank was unavailable. Expect plenty of traffic around the arena tonight as Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama makes a visit to Sunrise.
Should be a plenty exciting event for those who like politics, with word being that doors are opening at 4:30 p.m. with Sen. Obama not expected to arrive until 7:30.
No word on whether the Panthers plan to present Sen. Obama with his own customized jersey. You have to think someone inside the organization has thought of this and they would be wise to do so. Nothing beats free publicity, and having a photo of the man who could be our next president holding your jersey would make quite a big splash. ESPN might even pick up on it.
According to The Miami Herald, part of the Sunrise rally will be broadcast live during Sen. Obama's massive media buy tonight. The Panthers won't be on NBC this season, but at least their arena will.
-- The Sens took over Incredible Ice today, moving into the Panthers locker room once they vacated it. Alex Auld, who says hello to everyone, makes his return to the Bank tomorrow as he starts in net for the Senators. Auld, drafted by the Panthers then re-acquired in the Roberto Luongo deal, beat the Panthers last year as a member of the Bruins. He still owns his house in Broward County, so if you're looking for a cool place in Parkland, give him a call.
-- Gregory Campbell left practice early to have an MRI on his wonky hip. Says he doesn't know what the problem is, but it's not getting any better. He's out for tomorrow. Hope to have more from him tomorrow. Stephen Weiss also missed another day with his nagging groin, although he did a lot of off-ice stuff. He's probably also out tomorrow.
-- Wade Belak says he hated getting apples as kid when he would go Trick-or-Treating. Says he and his pals would throw them at cars. Mischievous rascals.
-- Spoke with Bryan McCabe today, says he's feeling much better and he's now skated three straight days. Says he hopes to get into a practice in the coming days and wants to be on the west coast trip next week. So that's good news.
-- Photo courtesy of Associated Press