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Live, from Estero, it's Monday Night!

TinafeyThe Florida Everblades -- your ECHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers -- opened training camp on Monday but weren't allowed to practice inside their home rink.

Apparently Vice Presidential candidate Tina Fey planned to hold a rally at Germain Arena in Estero later in the afternoon.

Fey has become a popular part of the "Saturday Night Live" ticket this election season, the self-proclaimed 'Hockey Baby Mama' bringing plenty of attention wherever she goes. According to this Herald report, the arena is expected to be packed tonight.

Perhaps the Panthers should have invited Fay -- or her alter ego, Gov. Sarah Palin -- to rally at BankAtlantic Center tonight before the big hockey game between the host Panthers and New York Islanders.

If 8,000 are expected in Estero, does that outdraw the Panthers about 100 miles away in Sunrise?

Odds say, sadly, yes.

BACK TO HOCKEY: We're staying on Florida's west coast. Just got word that the Tampa Bay blueline got a little help, former Florida d-man Lukas Krajicek coming back to the Sunshine State along with LW Juraj Simek from Vancouver in exchange for defenseman Shane O’Brien and RW Michel Ouellet.

Krajicek, one might remember, was part of the Roberto Luongo deal in 2006. He's the forgotten guy in the deal, one in which Florida sent its franchise goalie west in exchange for Bryan Allen and Todd Bertuzzi.

-- The Flyers are the latest team to visit West Point to do some "team bonding.'' Didn't really work out that well for the Panthers, although I got a cool T-shirt out of the deal.

-- The Sens get three out of four in Europe. Break 'em up!

-- Carolina suffers another injury, Scott Walker out six weeks after having hand surgery.


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You're incorrect, George. We haven't forgotten Krajicek was part of that deal...nor the 3rd rounder that was also part of that deal. It was just salt in the wound.

Was Lukas all that good? I mean, wasn't he a 1st rounder who never lived up to potential?

Essentially, this deal was Krajicek for O'Brien. Looking at this from the Panthers POV, I take that and laugh since Tampa further damages their blueline as far as toughness goes. Kolzig and Smith are going to see (or not see) a lot of rubber from in close since TB doesn't really have anyone who is going to move people out from in front.

Didn't Tampa just trade a bundle, including their best D-man, for Meszaros and then sign him to a rich long term contract to be its puck moving D-man? It is hardly a vote of confidence to trade for another puck-moving D-man after 2 games.

BTW Melrose just called out his offense stars at a press conference. If they were the problem, then why the panic trade for more D?

The Tampa franchise appears to be a mess.

O'Brien is a tough guy. Tampa's defense will get pushed around unless they put David Kochi back there.

Hey George... I heard the odds were outproven tonight? NHL has the attendance listed at 8800 for tonight?

they might be right on with that number...was more than I expected..not bad for a preseason game on a monday nigth against the isle...


Krajicek had a very decent season prior to being traded, and was showing brilliant offensive flashes. He would have been a decent addition to the D corps - instead he was icing on the cake for Vancouver when the Panthers traded Luongo, him, and their 3rd in '08 I think for effectively Bryan Allen (since we got 7 games out of Bertuzzi and Auld was useless by December and we let him go to free agency). It was miraculous that Martin managed to swindle Detroit out of Matthias and a pick for Bert, allowing him to also use the pick as part of the package landing Vokoun.

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