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ToTORONTO -- Good afternoon from tropical Toronto, where when the wind doesn't kick up walking around town is almost tolerable.

Almost.

Had a fun time at lunch with Mitch, Steve X. and Goldie, although those latter two spent way too much time in the Hall of Fame gift shop and yours truly spent way too much money.

But I did score a sweet World Juniors cap with all the countries on it and also snagged a Team Canada hat to wear around town. Who's jumping on the bandwagon? That would be me.

Had a great time watching the Gold Medal game with a few of my pals from the Panthers, and the place we were at were going nuts. Great atmosphere, great passion. Glad I was up here to be able to enjoy such a cool event. Congrats to Team Canada and coach Pat Quinn on a fifth straight World Juniors title.

And, remember, Quinn wouldn't have been the coach had the Panthers not hired Benoit Groulx to be the new coach of the Americans over the summer. Groulx was supposed to be that coach. Florida's Pete DeBoer was a serious candidate and probably would have coached Team Canada had he not signed on with the Panthers.

-- Shawn Matthias and his frequent flier card have been getting quite the workout recently. He's back and practiced with the team this morning after being sent back to Rochester after Sunday's game in Montreal. Nick Tarnasky is out, so Matthias is back centering the fourth line.

-- As reported before, Tomas Vokoun in net tonight against the Buds.

-- We're almost home....


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