Not so many teams for us Grapefruit Leaguers as there were in the past, what with Los Angeles, Cleveland and Cincinnati heading off to new digs in Arizona.
At least we still have the Orioles. For now, anyway.
-- Not a lot of activity at Pantherland today, the team going though a fairly short workout at Incredible Ice.
Pete DeBoer says he's not changing the lineup for tomorrow's game against the Capitals. Washington has a strange turnaround, playing a 7:30 game in Tampa tonight and then coming down here for an early evening game against the Panthers.
-- Also spoke to Jacques Martin about what's going on with the trading deadline bearing down on us. He says talks are ongoing with Jay Bouwmeester, and that he is talking with teams to see what they have to offer.
He says he won't make a move just to add a player, not with the team playing so well. ''If I can imprrove the team, I will,'' he said. He also aluded to Jay not neccisarily wanting to stay in Florida, saying there are plenty of players who do want to play for the Panthers. He used Cory Stillman signing here as a free agent and Bryan McCabe waiving his no-trade to come south.
-- Here are your NHL standings for Saturday, and the games you -- as a Panther fan -- might want to pay attention to today. Enjoy your day.
Islanders @ Philadelphia, 1: Panthers are rooting for the Isles; Florida is one point behind the Flyers for sixth
Edmonton @ LA, 4: No interest, although this should be a fun game
Columbus @ Carolina, 7: Panthers are five points ahead of Hurricanes; they are rooting for Blue Jax
Pittsburgh @ Toronto, 7 (HNIC, NHL Network): Again, five points ahead of Leafs; Cats say Go Leafs
Washington @ Tampa, 7:30: Panthers are nine points back of Caps and probably not going to catch them. So whatever.
Boston @ Nashville, 8: No bearing on Panthers
Ottawa @ Minnesota, 8: Ditto
Dallas @ Chicago, 8:30: X3
Calgary @ Phoenix, 10 (HNIC, NHL Network): Should be a fun game as the Keenans play the Jokinens