HELSINKI -- Good afternoon to everyone from Finland, your temporary home of the Florida Panthers hockey club.
Of course, you may be thinking to yourself, 'That George is an idiot. He just said good afternoon, when it is clearly still the morning here in South Florida.'
And you would be right. I am an idiot. But thanks to the seven hour time difference, it is the afternoon here. In fact, it's 1 p.m. here and the Panthers bus just left for the practice rink.
Will have updates and videos (internet willing) later in the day. So far, it's been a long but uneventful trip. Which is good. All the luggage is here (have video of that being unloaded by captain Bryan McCabe) and all seems well enough.
-- Nick Tarnasky did not make the trip because of his broken orbital bone so Florida has 26 players on its current roster.