Belak cleared waivers today and is free to report back to the Panthers. Will talk to JM before today's game and see what's next.
Belak says he's "very happy" and hopes he gets to play out the rest of his contract here in FLA.
He also wanted to relay how much he was touched by the outpouring of support from the fans here. "I can't believe there was so much support from them,'' he said. When I told him the Panthers don't have a whole bunch of fans, but the ones they do have are extremely loyal, he added "I'm starting to realize that.''
-- Pete DeBoer says this is a huge week, one in which the Panthers have to turn their season around. No doubt. Panthers have eight points available between now and Sunday; chance to get things back in order. On them now.
-- Nick Boynton is out today; he also has a concussion. Likely suffered in his fight Friday in Boston.
-- Speaking of concussions, spoke with Cory Stillman today, says he's taking it day-by-day. Says he hasn't had any headaches lately and he's chomping at the bit wanting to play. But the team is being cautious.