Canadian sports network Rogers Sportsnet is reporting that the Panthers will not name a full-time general manager this season and instead let Randy Sexton do it.
I have not gotten anyone with the Panthers to confirm this, but it sounds like something the Panthers would do.
And I'm not saying that in a bad way. Randy Sexton has done a good job under what are pretty sad circumstances. From what I've been told, Randy is not allowed to spend much money at all.
The Panthers actually bowed out of the Alex Tanguay sweepstakes a while ago (even though I had written that they were still in it. Conflicting sources: One said they were, another said they weren't, etc.)
Sexton is under contract with the team for the upcoming season. If and when this team is sold, I would expect Sexton would be considered to keep the job, and I would guess the search would begin anew.
Just a strange situation, but, one that's par for this course.
-- Also, I hear the Panthers are still trying to get Dennis Seidenberg on board, but won't do it for much more than $1.5-8 million per season. Steve Eminger is still out there and still an option to come in. Word is, Florida would like a forward and two defensemen.
On the cheap.
-- You all want to talk baseball and hockey tonight? Come on over to the Marlins blog and we can do a live chat. Totally invite any and all hockey questions.
Check it out here: Marlins Blog.
Going to be doing a lot of live stuff like that this season, whether it's preseason games (we will be live and each and every nine of them) or mid-week chats. Going to be fun. Come along for the ride.
-- Alex Tanguay talks to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun in French (but Pierre's pretty good about translating for you and it's a pretty good read.) As Jay Bouwmeester might say, check 'er out here.