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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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