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It's Time for Atlanta

PepsiSUNRISE -- Back in South Florida after a very nice flight home from Raleigh. First time on JetBlue and I gots to say I was very impressed. Nice people, nice plane, good television. I think I''ve found a new airline.

Anyway, flight was fine save for the joker sitting next to me. Guy named Steve. Really annoying. Never shut up. All he wanted to do was talk. He says he'll be at the hockey game tonight, so it really is a small world.

Don't have anything new to give you, just letting everyone know I haven''t forgotten about you. Liked a lot of what I saw out of the Florida offense last night, although the defense and goaltending left much to be desired. That, I believe, will change. Unfortunately I think the offense will change too. This team is still going to have to be creative, but I liked what David Booth brings to this team, and I really liked Cory Stillman's all-around game last night.

And those of you bagging Tomas Vokoun already can give that one a rest. Dude had a bad night. He knows it, we know it. Once again, TV showed his character as he was one of the first players to come out into the room to face the media. He wasn't shying away from anything, and the only person he criticized was himself. That's called accountability and I hope guys on the team noticed. You mess up, you face up to it. TV has always handled himself well here since coming to Florida, and I'm glad that hasn't changed.

Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton, who didn't have the best debuts last night, also came out to talk. And they were very critical of their own play. I think that's telling. These guys are not afraid to take the blame and move on.

That can be very healthy and very liberating. Don't let things linger.

And tonight's a brand-new night.

Hope to see a bunch of you out there -- especially those who won tickets in our giveaway earlier this week.

The home opener is only a few hours away. Just don't bang on those cowbells too loudly. I still have a headache from that guy Steve talking my ear off on the flight. Hope I don't see him tonight. But I have a feeling I will.

-- Hope you all enjoyed FSN's feature on Peter DeBoer and the interviews with his buddies in Dunnville. That was a fun trip. I enjoyed meeting all those guys. Thought Mitch Rubenstein and Frank Forte did a nice job with the piece.

-- If you need an early hockey fix, Josh Friedman of 790 The Ticket will be broadcasting live from the Big Bank today starting at 4. I'll be joining him sometime in the 4 o'clock hour so there's your warning.

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