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October 05, 2008

THE Contest -- Day 4

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Welcome again to another day of trivia fun as we kick off Day 4 of The Miami Herald's Super-Spectacular Florida Panthers' Opening Night Giveaway.

Still getting a ton of entries. Good to see. Remember, contest ends Wednesday at noon, so keep on getting those emails in.

Again, here is the prize pack:

- Four (4) tickets in the ADT Club (free food and drinks) for the Panthers' home opener at BankAtlantic Center on Saturday, Oct. 11 versus the Atlanta Thrashers.

-- Limo service (35 miles max each way) to and from the game.

-- A Panthers team signed hockey stick

-- Four (4) Panthers baseball caps

-- Four (4) Panthers backpacks

And, as asked, here are the RULES.

Now, here is our fourth "really hard" trivia question:

Daily Question No. 4 -- Oct. 5, 2008

"What Panthers defenseman was selected to play for Team Canada in the 2006 Torino Games as well as the Eastern Conference in the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas?"

HINT: Nice picture today, right?

Email your answer, NAME, AGE, ADDRESS AND CONTACT (CELLPHONE) NUMBER TO --

grichards@miamiherald.com

Remember, this contest is open to folks 18 and over who live in the Tri-County (Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) area only.

Good luck!

BONUS QUESTION: Send me an additional email today and get an extra entry into the contest. This question is a little more difficult.

Who did the Florida Panthers open against in their first NHL game in 1993 and where was the game played?

YESTERDAY'S ANSWER (for the one person who didn't get it right):

Daily Question No. 3 -- Oct. 4, 2008

"Panthers television analyst Denis Potvin captained one team to four Stanley Cup championships. Name the team."

HINT: This team visits the Big Bank for Florida's final exhibition game of the preseason on Monday night.

ANSWER: New York Islanders.

October 04, 2008

Saturday's Practice -- Glass Sent Down

It was a short one today, the Panthers only on the ice for about an hour. Pete DeBoer apparently wanted to catch the Miami-FSU game.

Actually, he ran them pretty hard in the one hour and the team will take tomorrow off. Next workout Monday at the Bank, morning skate time. Panthers play host to Islanders in the final exhibition game of the preseason Monday at 7.

Pete said the team got good news on Karlis Skrastins, saying everything looks OK and Karlis has been cleared to do some light work. Pete doesn't know when he'll be cleared to practice again.

Everyone else was on the ice today, including Stephen Weiss. He's still questionable for Monday's game.

-- Tanner Glass is checking out of the Coral Springs Marriott, sent down to Rochester after today's practice. Tanner had himself a good camp and is going to be one of the top players for the Americans this season. We'll see Tanner back with the Cats sometime this season I'm sure.

THE Contest -- Day 3

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Hey there, ho there, it's time for Day 3 of The Miami Herald's Super-Spectacular Florida Panthers' Opening Night Giveaway.

First, thanks to all who have entered so far. It's been overwhelming. Looking forward to meeting the winner of this one.

Winner, G? Winner of what?

Well, here is the prize pack:

- Four (4) tickets in the ADT Club (free food and drinks) for the Panthers' home opener at BankAtlantic Center on Saturday, Oct. 11 versus the Atlanta Thrashers.

-- Limo service (35 miles max each way) to and from the game.

-- A Panthers team signed hockey stick

-- Four (4) Panthers baseball caps

-- Four (4) Panthers backpacks

And, as asked, here are the RULES.

Remember, this contest only runs through Wednesday at noon. Make sure you get your entry in! And now, here is our third "really hard" trivia question:

Daily Question No. 3 -- Oct. 4, 2008

"Panthers television analyst Denis Potvin captained one team to four Stanley Cup championships. Name the team."

HINT: This team visits the Big Bank for Florida's final exhibition game of the preseason on Monday night.

Email your answer, NAME, AGE, ADDRESS AND CONTACT (CELLPHONE) NUMBER TO --

grichards@miamiherald.com

Remember, this contest is open to folks 18 and over who live in the Tri-County (Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) area only.

Good luck!

YESTERDAY'S ANSWER (for the one person who didn't get it right):

Daily Question No. 2 -- Oct. 3, 2008

"What team did the Florida Panthers play in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals?"

HINT: The answer is not the Quebec Nordiques. Although, that would count.

ANSWER: Colorado Avalanche.

October 03, 2008

Hard to Believe

BaclogoIt's been 10 years ago today that a singer named Celine Dion opened up a brand new arena on the edge of the Everglades with a rousing concert.

Yes, the National Car Rental/Office Depot/BankAtlantic Center celebrates it's 10th anniversary today.

They should put up a banner commemorating Dion's concert up in the rafters, don't you think?

Friday's News

Biggest news today was the absence of defenseman Karlis Skrastins, whom Peter DeBoer says has some kind of neck/back injury. Pete didn't know how serious it was, may have more tomorrow. Apparently, Karlis was going to see a specialist today. Don't want to speculate on anything, so we'll just have to wait and see.

David Booth worked out before the practice session and could be back in the lineup Monday, although with the young guys looking good, they may get more of a look.

Stephen Weiss hopes to be back practicing tomorrow, says his groin injury feels better and stronger. He says he wants to play Monday, but knows the most important thing is being 100 percent -- or at least as close to that as possible -- for Friday's opener in Raleigh.

"Oh yeah, I'm not missing that,'' Weiss said. "I'm playing.''

-- The NHL Network announced its upcoming schedule, with the Panthers on once, Oct 30 versus Ottawa.

FROM THE PANTHERS COUNTDOWN CREW

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers open up their 2008-09 season in 7 days when they head to Raleigh to take on their Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. Each day leading up to Opening Night, the Panthers will highlight a specific meaning to the number of days remaining until the start of the season.

7 – Winning Streak in March 2008

The Florida Panthers tied a team record this past season when they won seven consecutive games from March 2-16, 2008. Included in that seven game win streak was a franchise record tying five consecutive home victories.  The Panthers other two seven game winning streaks occurred March 17-29, 2006 and Nov. 2-14, 1995.

PANTHERS PRESEASON (2-2-2)

Florida has one remaining preseason game on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Islanders at the BankAtlantic Center. The game can be heard live on 790 The Ticket.

PANTHERS ON THE AIR

  • Saturday, Oct. 4 – Panthers Unrestricted on 790 The Ticket hosted by Randy Moller from 9-10 a.m. 

  • Saturday, Oct. 4 – Randy Moller to be on ESPN Radio 760 at 10:30 a.m.

PANTHERS HYUNDAI CARAVAN TOUR

  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Faceoff Luncheon at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton 

  • Friday, Oct. 10 – Panthers vs. Carolina ‘Watch Party’ at the Billiards Club in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

THE Contest -- Day 2

CostanzaQuite a few hockey fans have jumped into the fray, trying to win our big prize.

Yes, The Miami Herald's Super-Spectacular Florida Panthers' Opening Night Giveaway is in its second day.

First, here is the prize pack:

- Four (4) tickets in the ADT Club (free food and drinks) for the Panthers' home opener at BankAtlantic Center on Saturday, Oct. 11 versus the Atlanta Thrashers.

-- Limo service (35 miles max each way) to and from the game.

-- A Panthers team signed hockey stick

-- Four (4) Panthers baseball caps

-- Four (4) Panthers backpacks

Second, here are the RULES

Third, here is our second "really hard" trivia question:

Daily Question No. 2 -- Oct. 3, 2008

"What team did the Florida Panthers play in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals?"

HINT: The answer is not the Quebec Nordiques. Although, that would count.

Email your answer, NAME, AGE, ADDRESS AND CONTACT (CELLPHONE) NUMBER TO --

grichards@miamiherald.com

Remember, this contest is open to folks 18 and over who live in the Tri-County (Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) area only.

Good luck!

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October 02, 2008

Keep 'em Coming

Newman Your entries for the big contest have been pouring in since last night and I am pretty overwhelmed by the response since we haven't even unveiled the online and print ads.

Looks like there are a quite a few hockey fans within the tri-county area (and surprisingly, no one got the question wrong!)

Anyway, new trivia question to pop on here tomorrow morning, don't forget to check back in. Want to play the game? Scroll down one spot or just click here.

As was the case last year, we're going to have our weekly "Ask a Panther" segment in Sunday's paper and online. If you have something you would like to ask any of the Panthers -- including the coach and the GM -- please email me your question at grichards@MiamiHerald.com.

Make sure you give me your first and last name and the city you live in; you do not have to live in South Florida for this one. Will try and score some Panther caps or T-shirts to mail out for each winning question. That's like 40 t-shirts or caps!

-- I spent my day off at One Herald Plaza, getting some laptop work done but getting a big head start on our NHL preview. Sarah Rothschild covered practice for me today. Nothing much to report, not much changed since yesterday's report.

Wideright -- Panthers practice at Incredible Ice at 11 on Friday; 11:30 on Saturday. Tried to get Peter to cancel Saturday's practice so everyone could enjoy the Miami-FSU game properly, but he's a Michigan guy and told me in no uncertain terms to take a hike.

Actually, he may be a Michigan State guy. And he hasn't told me to take a hike.

Yet.

-- Instead, the Panthers will take Sunday off and enjoy the Dolphins-Chargers blackout (which isn't official yet).

FROM THE PANTHERS COUNTDOWN CREW

PANTHERS ON THE AIR

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Bill Lindsay on 790 The Ticket with Jonathan Zaslow between 7-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 3 – G Craig Anderson on NBC-6 Morning Show.
  • Saturday, Oct. 4 – Panthers Unrestricted on 790 The Ticket hosted by Randy Moller from 9-10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 4 – Randy Moller to be on ESPN Radio 760 at 10:30 a.m.

 

PANTHERS HYUNDAI CARAVAN TOUR

  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Faceoff Luncheon at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton
  • Friday, Oct. 10 – Panthers vs. Carolina ‘Watch Party’ at the Billiards Club in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Win Big Here -- Panthers Opening Night Contest Now Open

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Well, the time you all have been waiting for is finally here.

Yes, The Miami Herald's On Frozen Pond Opening Night Spectacular Giveaway is now in progress.

It's a simple contest really, so don't let the rules (listed here) scare you off. Here are the basics:

Every day from now (Thursday Oct. 2) until Wednesday (Oct. 8) at noon, I will offer a Florida Panthers trivia question.

To enter the contest – I will accept one entry per person per day – all you have to do is answer the Daily Question. Email (grichards@MiamiHerald.com) the answer along with your name, age, address and contact number.

We won't call you for anything other than if you win, so feel free to put in your cellphone number if that's the best way to reach you. The Panthers will begin trying to contact the winner soon afterward.

The contest is only offered to those 18 and older who live in South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach).

So what are we giving away? Pretty cool stuff, actually. If you like hockey, you'll like this.

The Grand Prize consists of:

-- Four (4) tickets in the ADT Club (free food and drinks) for the Panthers' home opener at BankAtlantic Center on Saturday, Oct. 11 versus the Atlanta Thrashers.

-- Limo service (50 miles max each way) to and from the game.

-- A Panthers team signed hockey stick

-- Four (4) Panthers baseball caps

-- Four (4) Panthers backpacks

Make sure you check in each day and don't forget to tell your friends. The more entries, the more chances you'll get. We will RANDOMLY select the winner from all of the entries sent in.

Good luck.

And now, GAME ON!

Daily Question No. 1 – Oct. 2, 2008

“What year did the Panthers begin play at what is now known as BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise?” HINT: This is the arena's 10th anniversary.

Email your answer – along with your name, age, address and contact number – to: grichards@MiamiHerald.com 

Friday's question will not be hard, but it won't be as easy as this one. Trust me.

Contest Rules

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I may be long winded, but I can't make up stuff like this. Here are the official rules to our contest. If you're an insomniac, you're welcome.

"On Frozen Pond" Contest Official Rules

The "On Frozen Pond" Florida Panthers Opening Night Trivia Contest (the "Contest") begins October 2, 2008 and ends October 8, 2008 ("Contest Period"). The Contest is open to all legal U.S. residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties who are at least 18 years of age as of  October 8, 2008 ("Contestant"). Contestants must be registered users of MiamiHerald.com. Employees of The Miami Herald Media Company, and their licensors and prize suppliers, The McClatchy Company, and the foregoing entities' respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates (collectively, the "Contest Entities"), and such employees' immediate families and household members are not eligible. The Contest is sponsored and administered by the Miami Herald Media Company ("Sponsor").

How to Enter. No purchase necessary. Online submissions only. To enter, answer the Trivia Question found on the "On Frozen Pond" blog by George Richards at www.miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers. Then, send your answer to grichards@miamiherald.com. Make sure to include your name, day and evening phone on the email. No hand or e-mail deliveries will be accepted. None of the Contest Entities are responsible for late, incomplete, void, corrupted, garbled, misdirected, or otherwise unintelligible Submissions and for any problems, bugs or malfunctions Contestants may encounter when submitting their Submissions. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or otherwise illegible Submissions are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false submissions or submissions suspected of being false. Sponsor will not verify receipt of submissions. Only one submission per natural person per email address per day. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened.

Prize: On October 9, 2008, or a reasonable time thereafter, one Grand Prize winner will be selected from all entries who have answered a trivia question correctly. One winner will receive: Four (4) tickets to October 11 Florida Panthers game at the BankAtlantic Center; a Florida Panther's team signed stick; limousine service to and from the game (50 mile limit in one direction); 4 Florida Panthers hats and backpacks. All other expenses not specifically listed above will be the winner's responsibility, including, but not limited to any taxes. Selected Contestant's full name, hometown may be announced and posted at the On Frozen Pond blog at www.miamiherald.com Selected Contestant will be sent an affidavit of eligibility / liability / publicity release ("Release"). Unless restricted by law, each Selected Contestant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. Should Selected Contestant be unwilling or otherwise unable to provide such permissions and or releases or otherwise cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, another Contestant will be chosen.

No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize, provided however that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. If a Selected Contestant is unable to participate in or accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Contestant.

CONTEST Conditions. This Contest is void outside the U.S. and where prohibited or restricted by law, and is subject to applicable federal, state provincial and local laws. By participating, Contestants agree: (i) to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding; and (ii) to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules, except where prohibited by law. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of Selected Contestant, and Contestants may be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the ARV of any awarded prize. By participating, all Contestants agree to release and hold harmless each of the Contest Entities together with the respective directors, employees, officers, licensees, licensors and agents, and respective advertising and promotion entities and any person or entity associated with the production, judging, or administration of the Contest, (collectively, the "Releasees") from and against any and all rights, claims and causes of action whatsoever that they may have, or which may arise, against any of them for any liability for any matter, cause or thing whatsoever, including but not limited to any injury, loss, damage, whether direct, compensatory, incidental or consequential, to person, including death and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize in the Contest, or their participation in the Contest, or their participation in any Contest or prize related activity.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Contestant it finds to be violating these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Contest, in its sole discretion, due to circumstances beyond its control, including natural disasters. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, cancel, modify or suspend the Contest should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor's control, corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor may prohibit a Contestant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such contestant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, plagiarizing, engaging in any deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, undermine or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives.

Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Contest will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Florida. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST.  SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

Contest Entities shall not be liable to the Selected Contestant for failure to supply any Prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other similar or dissimilar cause beyond any of the Releasees'  control. None of the Contest Entities are responsible for: (a) lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable, incomplete or indecipherable entries due to system errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions and/or entries; (b) technical failures of any kinds; (c) failures of any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (d) unauthorized human and/or mechanical intervention in any part of the submission process or the Contest; (e) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (f) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from any contestant's participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize.

Publicity. Sponsor reserves the right to use the Selected Contestant names, likenesses and hometown names for publicity purposes only in connection with the Contest and for no other reason. 

Privacy. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Contest and in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policy. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. 

Official Rules and WINNERS' List.  For a copy of these Official Rules or the name of Selected Contestant, send your request in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: On Frozen Pond Contest, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami FL 33132-1693.  Request must be received by October 31, 2008. 

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October 01, 2008

More Stuff for You, the Reader

Keith By the way, Monday's preseason game against the visiting Islanders will be broadcast live on 790 The Ticket by Randy "Medicine Hat" Moller and Bill Lindsey.

I was informed of this today.

-- From the Whoa Nellie! Department: A writer for the Hockey News not only doesn't rip into the Southeast Division (well, there are some darts thrown), but says aside from Atlanta it's a division worth a looksee.

-- Here's what Eddie O had to say about the Panthers today on a conference call with NHL national TV types (courtesy of NHL Media):

"I think the one team to me, they had a pretty good season last year, they had a little bit of a run, were the Florida Panthers. I really like their defense. You know, with the acquisition of Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton from the big trade, you lose a lot defensively up front. But I think a guy like Cory Stillman, who is now there, if he can stay healthy, can eat up some of those minutes up front in point production there.

"Tomas Vokoun has been a consistent goaltender. I don't know if you can take it to the next level with him. He had his chance in Nashville. They shipped him out last year, a little bit of inconsistent. I really like their defense.

"I think that the Florida Panthers is a team I don't think many people feel maybe will be on the outside looking in at the playoffs. My expectations are for them to make the playoffs. I actually picked them last year to make the playoffs because I thought that they were on the verge of some good things. But they got some good young players down there, in Nathan Horton, the Jay Bouwmeester situation will be very interesting as far as his contract. But they're going to have to win games 2-1, 3-2, 1-0. But I think the Florida Panthers are a team, with 84, 85 points last year, I think you're going to need the same as you did last year in the Eastern Conference, 94, 95, so not that great of an improvement, but I think enough of an improvement with their defense they have a legitimate chance to take the next step and get into the playoffs

"You just never know. We've all seen the history of the Florida Panthers. Maybe they'll find some rats down there in South Florida to bring them a little extra luck.''

Don Cherry about everyone's favorite Cap, Alexander Ovechkin:

"He's not going to get any better. I'd be surprised if he does as well as he did last year. The big thing that you've got going there, as far as I'm concerned, is Bruce Boudreau. Mike was talking about coaches walking in. Here's a guy who walked in, 17 years I think he coached. George McPhee, after he hired him, he was interim coach, I had to laugh, then when he come, We all knew Bruce was a great hockey mind. It only took him 17 years to find out.

"He's the guy that let them loose. He's the guy that put -- I don't know what, he put the learning on Ovechkin, to let him go and do his thing. He's good. He's exciting. There's no doubt about it. They all love him there. But he'll do as good, but I don't think he'll do as good as he did last year. But they'll still be an exciting team to watch. But I got to tell you the truth.''

WHY DO YOU SAY SUCH THINGS MR. CHERRY?

"He came on last year. He was doing things that he shouldn't do. He was cutting into the middle. Remember me saying this about Tim Connolly? I said to Ron MacLean, I said, he's doing things he shouldn't be doing and he's getting away with them. I love it the way he does, all that stuff, everything. There's going to be a lot of guys waiting for him this year. He's not going to be running around like a bull in a china shop like he did this year.

He kind of caught everybody at the start of the season. They knew he was good, but not as great as he is. And he is great, I'm not knocking him. You're asking me if he's going to have as good a year and I'm saying he won't have as good a year.

FROM THE PANTHERS' COUNTDOWN CROWD

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers open up their 2008-09 season in 9 days when they head to Raleigh to take on their Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. Each day leading up to Opening Night, the Panthers will highlight a specific meaning to the number of days remaining until the start of the season.

9 – Stephen Weiss

The Florida Panthers selected C Stephen Weiss with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In six seasons with Florida, Weiss has recorded 163 points (61-102-163) in 323 games played. Last season, he set a career-high with 29 assists and served as one of the team’s Alternate Captains.


PANTHERS PRESEASON (2-2-2)

  • Florida has one remaining preseason game on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Islanders at the BankAtlantic Center. The game can be heard live on 790 The Ticket.

PANTHERS ON THE AIR

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Bill Lindsay on MY33’s Jim and Jade in the Morning at 7:30 a.m. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Head Coach Peter DeBoer on 790 The Ticket live with Sid Rosenberg at 7:15 a.m. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen on XM Radio Channel 204 at 3 p.m. on the Power Play Show. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – G Craig Anderson on 98.7 The Gator at 4 p.m. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Bill Lindsay on 790 The Ticket with Jonathan Zaslow between 7-8 p.m.

PANTHERS HYUNDAI CARAVAN TOUR

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1 – ‘Cats in the Classroom Spirit Day’ in all tri-county schools. The school with the most spirit will receive a $500 grant and a visit from Stanley C. Panther.

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – General Manager Jacques Martin to speak at the Weston Rotary Club Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – Panthers broadcasters Denis Potvin and Bill Lindsay to read to children at Martin Luther King Elementary School  for National Reading Day.

 

Practice Update

Pantherlogo Just got back from practice (and lunch with Goldie at Pizza Time) where the Panthers worked out for a good little while before breaking for the day.

Nothing major happened, most of the team was back and working on the ice.

The exceptions: Stephen Weiss, Nick Boynton and David Booth did not participate because of their various maladies. Peter DeBoer says everyone is day-to-day and should be cool. Or as Cory Stillman said, "we may not have them all back by Monday, but everyone will be fine by Carolina.''

Said PDeB: "I expect all of those guys to be back for regular practice by the end of the week.''

Adds Booth is probably going to be back on Thursday.

-- Bryan Allen (knee) was back on the ice and participated in all aspects of the practice. Wade Belak was also out there.

-- There seem to be a few believers in the Panthers out there in the media. A couple of the hosts on XM Radio have picked the Panthers to sneak into the postseason with the eighth seed, with television analyst Eddie Olczyk calling the Panthers his surprise team in the east.

So they have that going for them, which is nice.

-- Panthers are back at Incredible Ice Thursday at 11 a.m. Practice is open to the public.

-- Our online contest kicks off tomorrow (well, late tonight). Here's the story: We're giving away four tickets in the ADT Club, a team signed stick, hats, Panthers backpacks and a limo ride to and from the Opening Night game.

More details tomorrow, but basically, all you have to do is check back here each day and answer my trivia question by email. Pretty simple. Contest opens tomorrow and runs through Wednesday at noon; you can enter once per day. Will let the Panthers know the winner Wednesday night and that lucky person will be contacted by the team on Thursday.

Tell your friends.

Annak Sample trivia question: Which Florida Panther used to bring Anna Kornikova to games? Answer: John Vanbiesbrouck*.

Thanks for playing.

Paveljersey (*) -- Everyone knows that Beezer wasn't romantically linked to the former Russian tennis star. The answer, of course, is Bill Lindsay.

Back to the Office

BananaAfter a couple of days off, the Panthers return to the ice as a team once more Wednesday morning at 11.

I'll be heading out there momentarily with updates following lunch with Goldie.

Seems like a long time since the Panthers were last at Incredible Ice. I mean, last time we were there, the roster was at 54 players, Peter DeBoer had yet to coach in an NHL exhibition game and three South Florida newspapers still covered this team. Yep, been away a while.

I mean, we were in Canada so long, their government has asked if I'd like to vote in their upcoming election.

Looking forward to getting back into the routine. But that's probably a few more days away.

Will be back.

DAILY LYNX

-- Few things ever cracked me up like Olli Jokinen pronouncing "Antero Nittymaki.'' Don't even know why. Well, the Flyers goalie is back from surgery.

-- Sports writing legend Red Fisher is back with the Montreal Gazette this year, and with the Habs celebrating 100 years, he reflects on his favorite moments covering them.

Reggie -- I know I've been remiss in talking about the death of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, a man I was lucky enough to meet and spend a few minutes chatting with a couple years back at Homestead Speedway before an IndyCar race. Seemed like a really good guy, like all the stories you heard were true. Anyway, Stu Hackel does a spot-on obit for the guy hockey fans will always remember as Reggie Dunlop. Definitely worth the read.

-- The Caps have made some cuts and are doing some practicing. Good stuff. Fun stuff. For the kids.

-- The Champs are making some moves..

-- Bad news in Beefalo; Paul Gustad could be out a month with a bum thumb...

Milano1 -- And thanks to Puck Daddy for the kind words. In case you missed it, he called your's truly not only fantastic, but prolific as well. Wow. Anyways, Puck Daddy likes the new gear the NHL is marketing to the ladies. And if Alyssa Milano likes it, I do too.