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UPDATE: Rostislav Olesz Needs Surgery ... Dallas Stars Bring Chill to Town ... Florida Panthers: Same Lineup ... Shootout Not So Good

TerrellOwens With former President George W. Bush now chilaxing in Texas, his favorite hockey team is braving the South Florida cold tonight as the Dallas Stars battle the Florida Freezing Panthers.

Yeah folks, it's cold out there. Herald ace photog Joe Rimkus Jr. is ticked off because he got switched from shooting hockey tonight and will instead be outside covering soccer.

''You know how cold it is out there,'' Rimkus asked. ''It'll be warmer in the arena than it will be outside.''

This coming from a guy who covers Dolphins games in Buffalo.

Anyway, not much news out of camp today. Pete DeBoer is keeping the lineup intact from the other night, so that means Noah Welch did enough to earn him a spot in the rotation for another night. And Tomas Vokoun is in.

-- Ville Peltonen practiced today but Pete's keeping him out. Says the extra rest the All-Star break will offer should be good for Peltonen's injured knee. Smart thinking.

-- Jacques Martin told me that Rostislav Olesz indeed has a sports hernia injury and will need surgery. Martin says he figures the recovery time at eight weeks, giving Olesz time to make it back for the end of the season.

JM didn't know when Olesz would have the surgery, and has to speak to his agent first. Obviously they want it done ASAP since it's already been six weeks since Olesz was originally hurt.

-- Sorry about the false promo on the shootout story; was supposed to run today, but that was before the Dolphins were sold and the Canes lost another assistant coach. So it's on a holding pattern for now. Here are some shootout stats as promised:

(*) Florida's 2-6 record this season places them 25th in the league (as of Tuesday)

(*) The Panthers are ranked 27th in the league all-time, winning 13 of 38 shootouts.

(*) This season, the Panthers have scored five goals on 23 shootout shots, a success rate of under 22 percent. Florida is the worst shooting team in league history in the shootout format, connecting on 31 of 133 shots (23.3 percent).

(*) Nathan Horton is Florida's best shooter (duh), hitting nine of 30.

(*) Tomas Vokoun is 3-14 lifetime in shootouts with saves on 67 percent of shots faced.

(*) Craig Anderson is 1-7 lifetime, giving up goals on 12 of 20 shots faced.

-- Here's some more promo material: Got some great stuff from Michael Frolik today in advance of him heading to Montreal for the YoungStars Game. That stuff you'll have to wait until Saturday for, however. Sorry.

-- And a special belated birthday to our own Goldie, who turned 57 yesterday. You don't look a day over 39 Goldie!

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The sooner Olesz gets surgey, the sooner he can play, whether it be this year or the next. Either way, he's getting paid and no team will accept a trade involving damaged goods.

George- is it Olesz who is stalling the inevitable (surgery) or is it management?

Olesz is a cupcake. By far the worst signing of Martins tenure here. Worse than Kilgers trade. Now he's "holed up" in Jokinens old place.

No worries on the shootout wait...appreciate your timely posts... clarify for me GR..was welch chosen over a healthy Boyton, or boyton still having flu symptoms???

Goldie's 57? Maybe it's time for his voice to change.....sounds more like Peter Brady

goldie is not 57...

Turco tonight George?

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