It's good to be home and the Panthers will be home for a little bit now. Much deserved. After playing five straight road games, the Panthers will now play their next five within the friendly confines of the Sunshine State, with four of those games -- including the next three -- in Sunrise (where the sun meets the ice).
Pete 'Pete' Pelegrin covered today for me so I could let the good folks at Jet Blue get me home. Pete DeBoer says he's going back to Tomas Vokoun after he played well in Carolina last night. So that's two straight starts and three of four for Vokoun.
PDeB says Rostislav Olesz still hasn't started practicing and is going to have an MRI to see what's up with his injury. Doesn't sound good. Will see if I can get an update of some sort tomorrow at IncredibleIce (10:30, open to the public).
-- Don't know if you saw this, but Barry Jackson writes about Randy Moller and his association with the Dan LeBatard Show. Pretty good stuff. Was listening to Dan today (had to go to Miami after the airport. Stopped at the Orange Bowl. Still sad.) and was cracking up at all the Moller calls. I had only heard the 'make me a bicycle clown!' line during the San Jose game.
Check out the story here...
I know the folks in Canada who listen to games on XM get a kick out of the different lines he uses after goals. Like Barry, I think the calls are all in good fun and may even be helping their ratings. Good for them. And Randy.
-- Speaking of Florida announcers, Denis Potvin and some of his buddies are holding the grand opening of their new hockey training facility on Saturday morning in Deerfield Beach.
The facility is called Total Hockey of Florida, and is geared to up-and-coming hockey players. They have a lot of good off-ice stuff, and is one of the few places down here to cater to the hockey player. Some of the stuff they have here would be benifical to athletes in all sports, I would think.
Anyway, check out their site here. A few players will be there tomorrow for the grand opening. And I assume Denis will be there too. You can ask him about his playing days and all those years with the New York Rangers.
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