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Sunday Conversation

Well, the first weekend of the Panthers' season is in the books, so let's look back at what we've seen:

-- David Booth is money. Absolute money. Always seems to be in the right place, is taking a lot of shots (some errant, some right on) and is using his speed and strength to create a lot of problems. Scouting report should read: Watch No. 10. Of course, with Weiss and Zednik on his line, that could open things up for them.

-- Good to see the loud ovation for Richard Zednik last night. He seemed to appreciate it. Didn't notice him get too bothered by the media in Raleigh, but that is going to change when we visit Montreal next week. Maybe they can sneak him out of the arena on the equipment truck.

-- All those worried about Tomas Vokoun can chill.

-- Jay Bouwmeester should have looked exhusted last night, only he didn't. Bo's tally Saturday night: 34 minutes, 53 seconds. Bryan Allen also played over 30 minutes, going 30:22.

-- Nathan Horton was much better on faceoffs Saturday than he was on Friday.

-- Bryan McCabe's back injury looked serious initially, and I'm sure everyone is real happy it's nothing major. He should be back once the bruising goes down and the muscles in his back calm down.

As far as people calling out TSN for irresponsible reporting (remember they came out Saturday morning and said McCabe had a broken back), there is a side story to this. From what I've heard, the source TSN apparently trusted was a good one. It wasn't Jacques or anyone from the Panthers, but from Carolina instead.

Remember, the Carolina medical staff looked at Bryan and diagnosed him with some sort of fracture. It would be very easy for a member of the Carolina media/broadcast team to ask a member of the medical team what happened, get their diagnosis, then pass that along that info to friends in Canada.

Of course, we know now the intial diagnosis was premature and wrong; McCabe's MRI revealed no fracture.

Anyway, that's just the way I saw how that story developed. I've gotten a lot of emails from people saying TSN made up the story and that's just not true. They had a good source, but that source turned out to be wrong. It happens.

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happy thanksgiving George

thanks...plan on celebrating tomorrow with a turkey sub from laspadas or sharpies!

Thanks for the update. I read TSN a lot, I have to ask this question, Do they have proof readers? Almost every article or column has a spelling error. Just an observation.

didn't mind the loss Friday ; loved yesterday. George, why is coach favoring frolick over Mathias ?

Frolik looked better in camp than did Matthias but the coach said he didn't know who he wanted between the two.

I am also a huge fan of the change in the system. I really enjoyed watching Bouw and Ballard take the puck from end to end at various points in time last night.


Also, Ballard had some money hip checks last night. His reputation is well-earned!

Hey Bo, you're probably not seeing spelling errors. American English is different from the rest of the world. We use Z's instead of S's a lot. Recognize versus Recognise. We also replace some C's with S's so on TSN it is defenceman becomes defenseman. We dropped the u in words such as color (instead of colour).

George here is your minor league report. The Amerks are 0-3 and looking awful. What is wrong with Matthias? He's floating like a log out there. The coach demoted him to the 4th line and he also has been benched at times. The goaltending is putrid and there seems to be no one who wants to play tough.

JM was here tonight. He got an eyeful (of nothing).

Yo George... I wasn't so much as angry at TSN for doing something so uncertain as that as I was angry for them calling it a "broken back". You cant "break your back". And even for the sake of argument, you would be paralyzed if you did. I have heard people give me the whole "leyman terms" stuff... if people want to call it that... fine... but an injury report from TSN... I was scepticle from the minute I read it when it said "broke his back". They need to be more professional than that.

Wow we are finally getting some recognition.

Way to go booth hopefully your one of many of panthers who get this...

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=386345

"Nathan Horton was much better on faceoffs Saturday than he was on Friday. "

Stands to reason, since Saturday was a home game and he gets to set his stick after the opponent does. Easier to win faceoffs when you know somewhat of what the other guy plans to do.

I think after using him so sparingly Saturday night, DeBoer should send Frolik to Rochester and let him get some games there instead. Put Kreps back in, and use Belak in rotation with Kreps, Peltonen, and Stewart whenever you need an enforcer.

Meanwhile - DeBoer was very smart in limiting how much he used Cory Murphy Saturday night. Instead of constantly and unfortunately noticing his play Friday night, he was nearly invisible in the game Saturday. He's simply too small for regular defensive rotation.

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