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Helsinki: The Second Day


HELSINKI -- The Panthers are making the most of their Helsinki trip today and as many of you are still sleeping, our day here is all but done.

Yes, it's 7:15 a.m. in Miami, and we're done.

Had breakfast, practice, a trip to a local sub shop (it's called 'Subway. Isn't that clever?) and the team is now on a team building trip to an island sauna.

Apparently everyone goes into the sauna, gets their sweat on, then they dive into the icy cold ocean. Whatever. Doesn't sound like my kind of fun.


But Pete DeBoer apparently did that when he was here with Team Canada for the World Juniors a few years back so he's taking his Panthers there to do the same kind of thing.

Me? I'm looking for a place to watch some football later tonight (Dolphins kickoff will be 11 p.m. here).

-- No big news out of practice as everyone went through the workout.

-- Gregory Campbell, practicing for the second straight day, was back centering the third line. Shawn Matthias was centering the fourth line alongside Michal Repik and Kamil Kreps.

-- My story on yesterday's first practice here in Finlandia.

-- Heard a rumor that in an effort not to tick off the NHL or its fans, DirecTV might put the Versus games back on. We'll see what happens. Florida's first game Friday is on Versus.


-- On the breakfast buffet today: Bratwurst.

Where are we, Green Bay?

-- Enjoy your Sunday everyone. Will be checking in tomorrow, hopefully before we take the bus/train to Tampere for the Panthers first preseason game here in Finland.

Going to have LIVE! coverage of that preseason game here (internet willing) so come back and check in. Kickoff is 7 p.m. local time, which means it'll be lunch time back in the States.

Don't tell your boss.