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October 03, 2009

Panthers GameDay LIVE! Chicago Blackhawks 4 - Florida Panthers 0 (THIRD); NHL Network

Burehelsinki HELSINKI -- Good morning South Florida and welcome to Day 2 of the Florida Panthers season.

Ran into Pavel Bure and John Vanbiesbrouck out and about last night, and figured you would want to see how they look these days. A little different than you remember, no?

Anywho, going LIVE! here in a little while. You know the drill: Click on the link below to get into the live chat.

-- It's South Florida day tonight at Hartwall, with Florida videos and such. Florida is the home team, so they are trying to give it a Florida game-day feel. So, I'm sure we'll be inundated with Hyundai ads and Harley-Davidson power plays and icing brought to you by a jewelry joint.

Word on the street is that Graham fellow taped his version of the national anthem to play here tonight. As always it's very long. I'm told it's just under two minutes and the people running things here ain't all that happy about it. At least it's not a video. Surely he gave the power salute as he was singing. I would have brought LaRae to Finland to sing. But that's just me.

Bill Murphy, the in-house voice of the Panthers, is back to announce another game. He was pretty muted last night as it was officially a Chicago home game, but I bet he brings something special tonight since he can be a Panther homer.

We're almost home.

-- Those who bet I would visit Subway twice today win the big prize. Went there for lunch today, then grabbed a Coke on my way to the arena. So there you are.


First period:

-- Brian Campbell makes it 1-0 with a long shot on a power play @ 3:05...

Second period:

-- Panthers put some heat on but fail to score; do nothing on power play; then, Patrick Sharp drives in, shoots and Patrick Kane follows the rebound to make it 2-0 @ 5:12. Sharp makes it a 3-0 game as he and Kris Versteeg drive in on a power play chance, Sharp scoring on the 2-on-1 rush with 56.1 left...

Third period:


October 02, 2009

OnFrozenFilm: Ville Koistinen, Chicago Postgame 10/02/09

OnFrozenFilm: Pete DeBoer, Chicago Postgame 10/02/09

Gary Bettman: Florida is Doing Swell

Bettman HELSINKI -- Gary Bettman was on New York's WFAN today and was asked about the state of hockey in the Sun Belt, specifically Florida, Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

Here's what the NHL commissioner had to say:

Atlanta, the owners have been in litigation for the last 3 years and I think that ill sort itself out.  Nashville is doing OK. 

Florida is in a rebuilding mode and I think that there is a good fan base in South Florida, but when you don’t make the playoffs I think now for eight or nine years it begins to take its toll.

''That is not a market that I really worry about long term because I think if the team starts winning the fans will show.”

Here's Bettman on the Phoenix situation:

On the state of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise:

“Well thankfully the Coyotes are in Phoenix where they belong.  The judge’s ruling while he rejected both bids he did the rejection a little differently for each of us.  For the Balsillie bid that wants to move the club, he said that:  You’re basically done because the league and in fact the owners disapproved you as an owner and as a bankruptcy judge I am not in the position to order you into the league.  So he is done.  In our case he said: From a matter of a bankruptcy court fairness, we are not sure we like the way you structured your bid but you are welcome to come back and try again.  In the interim, the club is being supervised by the court and it is being run by the then current owner, Jerry Moyes and us, which isn’t an ideal situation but I think some of the uncertainty about this season has now been lifted and fans can focus on the fact that the team will certainly be there this season and hopefully beyond because that’s our goal.  The reason we put in our bid was after all the local potential bidders got chased away we wanted to try and get the club out of bankruptcy and try and sell it to somebody that wants to rebuild the club in Phoenix where we think the team can succeed.”

On who will make roster and trade decisions for the Coyotes:

“Donnie Maloney is the General Manager, formerly of the Rangers.  (Host: Do you guys have oversight?)  There is oversight on anything extraordinary, but in terms of day-to-day operations the general manager and the president are running the club as they should be.”

Thanks to WFAN for the transcript.

Panthers GameDay LIVE! Florida Panthers 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 (FINAL-SO)

HELSINKI -- The puck has dropped on another season as the Panthers are taking on Chicago at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena.

Click on the link below to read today's LIVE! chat from section 102 at the Areena.

Here, in a nutshell, is what happened:

Florida never held the lead in this game and came back to tie the score three different times, the final time coming when David Booth scored with 2:21 left.

After a scoreless overtime, one in which Tomas Vokoun made five of his 52 saves, the Panthers went 2-for-2 in the shootout with Chicago getting one shot past in three attempts.

Ville Koistinen was the homeland hero and first star of the game; Koistinen, playing on the fourth line, scored Florida's second goal to make it 2-2. He also scored on the second shootout shot. Steve Reinprecht got the first one. Jonathan Toews scored in the shootout for the Blackhawks.

Scoring for Florida -- Goals: Michael Frolik, Koistinen, Booth and Koistinen gets credit for the game-winner. Assists: Reinprecht, Dennis Seidenberg, Cory Stillman, Frolik.

Tomas Vokoun made 52 saves and Pete DeBoer says he goes again tomorrow.

More later.

-- Patrick Kane gives CHI a 1-0 lead @ 5:19 of the second; Michael Frolik ties it @ 13:01...

-- Chicago takes lead in third off goal from Dustin Byfuglien off rebound @ 3:52...

But Ville Koistinen gets a loud cheer from the Finnish crowd when he pops one in from the right circle @ 7:29 to tie 'er up. It's a new ballgame folks...

And Patrick Sharp unties it, giving Chicago the lead back at 11:36 of the third...under six minutes left...

David Booth ties the score again with 2:21 left in the third period with a great shot from the left circle...almost at the one minute mark now...

Assistant No More: Randy Sexton named General Manager

Sexton HELSINKI -- Randy Sexton has been in talks with the Panthers throughout this past week regarding his status and was offered the full-time general manager's gig a few days ago.

Everything is official now.

The Panthers named Sexton their full-time general manager before tonight's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Sexton has been the acting GM ever since Jacques Martin took the Montreal coaching job on June 1.

Sexton has been with the Panthers since the 2006-07 season when Martin was the general manager. Sexton previously served as the GM of the Ottawa Senators in the 1990s.

Video from the presser below.

OnFrozenFilm: Stephen Weiss, Chicago Pregame 10/02/09

OnFrozenFilm: Keith Ballard, Chicago Pregame 10/02/09

OnFrozenFilm: Pete DeBoer, Chicago Pregame 10/02/09

Opening Night LIVE!: All In for Florida Panthers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Honeymooon HELSINKI -- The Panthers are all in for tonight, the start of the 2009-10 season.

Kickoff is at noon Miami Time so come on back in a bit for a little live chat. Not going to do much play by play mainly because tonight's game is on television.

If you can't find Versus on your dial (because DirecTV dumped it), go to the hockey channels and pick up the Chicago feed. Center Ice is free this week so you should be able to get the game somewhere.

(Someone is saying that Center Ice will not have the game, but if you have DirecTV, give it a shot anyway. Chicago's Comcast is broadcasting from here. But it makes since that it would be blacked out because of the Versus exclusive. Anyway, you can find it online and on radio 790-AM 790theticket.com)

As I mentioned before, the Panthers' are all in, meaning the four players who missed practice yesterday with the flu were back out there today and expecting to play. Sound from Pete DeBoer, Keith Ballard and Stephen Weiss is up now.

Rookie defenseman Dmitry Kulikov will make his NHL debut tonight, so that means two defensemen are sitting. One will be Jason Garrison (he did miss practice because of the flu today) and I don't know who the other is. A lot of speculation around Ville Koistinen, but since he's the only Finnish player on the team, he might be safe.

October 01, 2009

One Stop Shopping: The 2009-10 NHL Opening Night Rosters


HELSINKI -- You asked for it and now you got it. The entire Opening Night rosters for every team in the league courtesy of the NHL.

Wait, no one asked for this?

Tough. Gots it anyways.

Surprising to see that Bouwmeester fella make the cut in Calgary. Didn't see that one coming.

-- Mike Van Ryn is not listed on the Toronto roster because he is on the non-roster injured reserve because of an injured knee.

-- And very few of the players Florida dealt or released last season will start this season on an NHL roster.

Nick Boynton and Steve Eminger (who it appears Florida wanted back, but not for the money he asked for) are with Anaheim. Stefan Meyer and Anthony Stewart start in the AHL; word is Noah Welch has been suspended by the Thrashers for not disclosing an injury when he signed with them and Brett McLean was waived by Tampa Bay out of camp. Congrats, though, to Cory Murphy who earned a spot with the Devils.

-- Following are NHL club rosters, as of noon Eastern time today. The 2009-10 regular season begins tonight with four games.


Anaheim Ducks
Evgeny Artyukhin, F; Nick Boynton, D; Sheldon Brookbank, D; Mike Brown, F; Ryan Carter, F; Erik Christensen, F; Andrew Ebbett, F; Steve Eminger, D; Ryan Getzlaf, F; Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G; Jonas Hiller, G; Saku Koivu, F; Joffrey Lupul, F; Todd Marchant, F; Scott Niedermayer, D; Petteri Nokelainen, F; George Parros, F; Corey Perry, F; Bobby Ryan, F; Luca Sbisa, D; Teemu Selanne, F; Ryan Whitney, D; James Wisniewski, D.  Injured reserve: None.

Atlanta Thrashers
Nik Antropov, F; Colby Armstrong, F; Zach Bogosian, D; Eric Boulton, F; Tobias Enstrom, D; Josh Gratton, F; Ron Hainsey, D; Johan Hedberg, G; Evander Kane, F; Ilya Kovalchuk, F; Vyacheslav Kozlov, F; Pavel Kubina, D; Bryan Little, F; Ondrej Pavelec, G; Rich Peverley, F; Marty Reasoner, F; Anssi Salmela, D; Jim Slater, F; Chris Thorburn, F; Boris Valabik, D; Todd White, F. Injured reserve: Matthew Siddall, F.

Boston Bruins
Steve Begin, F; Patrice Bergeron, F; Byron Bitz, F; Johnny Boychuk, D; Zdeno Chara, D; Andrew Ference, D; Matt Hunwick, D; Chuck Kobasew, F; David Krejci, F; Milan Lucic, F; Derek Morris, D; Tuukka Rask, G; Mark Recchi, F; Michael Ryder, F; Marc Savard, F; Mark Stuart, D; Marco Sturm, F; Tim Thomas, G; Shawn Thornton, F; Blake Wheeler, F; Dennis Wideman, D. Injured reserve: Levi Nelson, F.

Buffalo Sabres
Chris Butler, D; Tim Connolly, F; Matt Ellis, F; Paul Gaustad, F; Mike Grier, F; Jochen Hecht, F; Patrick Kaleta, F; Tim Kennedy, F; Patrick Lalime, G; Toni Lydman, D; Clarke MacArthur, F; Ryan Miller, G; Steve Montador, D; Tyler Myers, D; Nathan Paetsch, D; Daniel Paille, F; Jason Pominville, F; Craig Rivet, D; Derek Roy, F; Andrej Sekera, D; Drew Stafford, F; Henrik Tallinder, D; Thomas Vanek, F. Injured reserve: None.

Calgary Flames
Rene Bourque, F; Jay Bouwmeester, D; Dustin Boyd, F; Craig Conroy, F; Nigel Dawes, F; Mark Giordano, D; Curtis Glencross, F; Jarome Iginla, F; Jason Jaffray, F; Olli Jokinen, F; Miikka Kiprusoff, G; Staffan Kronvall, D; Daymond Langkow, F; Curtis McElhinney, G; David Moss, F; Eric Nystrom, F; Adam Pardy, D; Dion Phaneuf, D; Brandon Prust, F; Robyn Regehr, D; Cory Sarich, D; Fredrik Sjostrom, F. Injured reserve: John Armstrong, F.

Carolina Hurricanes
Andrew Alberts, D; Rod Brind'Amour, F; Erik Cole, F; Tim Conboy, F; Joe Corvo, D; Matt Cullen, F; Tim Gleason, D; Jay Harrison, D; Jussi Jokinen, F; Tom Kostopoulos, F; Chad LaRose, F; Michael Leighton, G; Joni Pitkanen, D; Tuomo Ruutu, F; Sergei Samsonov, F; Eric Staal, F; Scott Walker, F; Niclas Wallin, D; Aaron Ward, D; Cam Ward, G; Ray Whitney, F; Stephane Yelle, F. Injured reserve: Michael Ryan, F.

Chicago Blackhawks
Cam Barker, D; Dave Bolland, F; Troy Brouwer, F; Dustin Byfuglien, F; Brian Campbell, D; Corey Crawford, G; Ben Eager, F; Colin Fraser, F; Jordan Hendry, D; Niklas Hjalmarsson, D; Cristobal Huet, G; Aaron Johnson, D; Patrick Kane, F; Duncan Keith, D; Tomas Kopecky, F; Andrew Ladd, F; John Madden, F; Antti Niemi, G; Brent Seabrook, D; Patrick Sharp, F; Radek Smolenak, F; Brent Sopel, D; Jonathan Toews, F; Kris Versteeg, F. Injured reserve: Adam Burish, F.

Colorado Avalanche
Craig Anderson, G; Peter Budaj, G; Brett Clark, D; Kyle Cumiskey, D; Matt Duchene, F; Adam Foote, D; T.J. Galiardi, F; Scott Hannan, D; Milan Hejduk, F; Matt Hendricks, F; T.J. Hensick, F; David Jones, F; David Koci, F; John-Michael Liles, D; Cody McLeod, F; Ryan O'Reilly, F; Kyle Quincey, D; Ruslan Salei, D; Paul Stastny, F; Chris Stewart, F; Marek Svatos, F; Darcy Tucker, F; Wojtek Wolski, F. Injured reserve: Brandon Yip, F.

Columbus Blue Jackets
Michael Blunden, F; Jared Boll, F; Derick Brassard, F; Jason Chimera, F; Mike Commodore, D; Derek Dorsett, F; Nikita Filatov, F; Mathieu Garon, G; Jan Hejda, D; Kristian Huselius, F; Rostislav Klesla, D; Steve Mason, G; Marc Methot, D; Andrew Murray, F; Rick Nash, F; Samuel Pahlsson, F; Kris Russell, D; Anton Stralman, D; Raffi Torres, F; Fedor Tyutin, D; R.J. Umberger, F; Antoine Vermette, F; Jakub Voracek, F. Injured reserve: Fredrik Modin, F.

Dallas Stars
Alex Auld, G; Krys Barch, F; Jamie Benn, F; Fabian Brunnstrom, F; Trevor Daley, D; Loui Eriksson, F; Mark Fistric, D; Nicklas Grossman, D; Jere Lehtinen, F; Mike Modano, F; Brenden Morrow, F; James Neal, F; Matt Niskanen, D; Steve Ott, F; Toby Petersen, F; Mike Ribeiro, F; Brad Richards, F; Stephane Robidas, D; Karlis Skrastins, D; Brian Sutherby, F; Marty Turco, G; Tom Wandell, F; Jeff Woywitka, D. Injured reserve: Luke Gazdic, F; Warren Peters, F.

Detroit Red Wings
Justin Abdelkader, F; Todd Bertuzzi, F; Dan Cleary, F; Pavel Datsyuk, F; Kris Draper, F; Patrick Eaves, F; Jonathan Ericsson, D; Valtteri Filppula, F; Johan Franzen, F; Tomas Holmstrom, F; Jimmy Howard, G; Niklas Kronwall, D; Daniel Larsson, G; Brett Lebda, D; Ville Leino, F; Nicklas Lidstrom, D; Kirk Maltby, F; Derek Meech, D; Chris Osgood, G; Brian Rafalski, D; Brad Stuart, D; Jason Williams, F; Henrik Zetterberg, F. Injured reserve: Cory Emmerton, F; Darren Helm, F; Andreas Lilja, D.

Edmonton Oilers
Gilbert Brule, F; Andrew Cogliano, F; Mike Comrie, F; Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, G; Sam Gagner, F; Tom Gilbert, D; Denis Grebeshkov, D; Ales Hemsky, F; Shawn Horcoff, F; Jean-Francois Jacques, F; Nikolai Khabibulin, G; Steve MacIntyre, F; Ethan Moreau, F; Robert Nilsson, F; Patrick O'Sullivan, F; Dustin Penner, F; Ladislav Smid, D; Sheldon Souray, D; Steve Staios, D; Ryan Stone, F; Zach Stortini, F; Jason Strudwick, D; Lubomir Visnovsky, D. Injured reserve: Fernando Pisani, F; Marc-Antoine Pouliot, F.

Florida Panthers
Bryan Allen, D; Keith Ballard, D; David Booth, F; Gregory Campbell, F; Scott Clemmensen, G; Mike Duco, F; Radek Dvorak, F; Michael Frolik, F; Jason Garrison, D; Nathan Horton, F; Ville Koistinen, D; Kamil Kreps, F; Dmitry Kulikov, D; Jordan Leopold, D; Shawn Matthias, F; Bryan McCabe, D; Rostislav Olesz, F; Steve Reinprecht, F; Michal Repik, F; Alexander Salak, G; Dennis Seidenberg, D; Cory Stillman, F; Tomas Vokoun, G; Stephen Weiss, F. Injured reserve: Nick Tarnasky, F.

Los Angeles Kings
Dustin Brown, F; Drew Doughty, D; Davis Drewiske, D; Erik Ersberg, G; Alexander Frolov, F; Matt Greene, D; Michal Handzus, F; Peter Harrold, D; Raitis Ivanans, F; Jack Johnson, D; Anze Kopitar, F; Trevor Lewis, F; Alec Martinez, D; Sean O'Donnell, D; Teddy Purcell, F; Jonathan Quick, G; Brad Richardson, F; Rob Scuderi, D; Wayne Simmonds, F; Ryan Smyth, F; Jarret Stoll, F; Justin Williams, F. Injured reserve: Richard Clune, F.

Minnesota Wild
Niklas Backstrom, G; Eric Belanger, F; Pierre-Marc Bouchard, F; Kyle Brodziak, F; Andrew Brunette, F; Brent Burns, D; Cal Clutterbuck, F; Josh Harding, G; Martin Havlat, F; Shane Hnidy, D; Kim Johnsson, D; Mikko Koivu, F; Antti Miettinen, F; Owen Nolan, F; Benoit Pouliot, F; Nick Schultz, D; John Scott, D; James Sheppard, F; Jaime Sifers, D; Petr Sykora, F; Greg Zanon, D; Marek Zidlicky, D. Injured reserve: Derek Boogaard, F.

Montreal Canadiens
Mike Cammalleri, F; Matt D'Agostini, F; Hal Gill, D; Brian Gionta, F; Scott Gomez, F; Josh Gorges, D; Jaroslav Halak, G; Roman Hamrlik, D; Andrei Kostitsyn, F; Maxim Lapierre, F; Georges Laraque, F; Guillaume Latendresse, F; Paul Mara, D; Andrei Markov, D; Glen Metropolit, F; Travis Moen, F; Ryan O'Byrne, D; Max Pacioretty, F; Tomas Plekanec, F; Carey Price, G; Jaroslav Spacek, D; Gregory Stewart, F. Injured reserve: Olivier Fortier, F; Alex Henry, D; Tom Pyatt, F.

Nashville Predators
Jason Arnott, F; Wade Belak, F; J.P. Dumont, F; Dan Ellis, G; Martin Erat, F; Marcel Goc, F; Ben Guite, F; Dan Hamhuis, D; Patric Hornqvist, F; Ryan Jones, F; Kevin Klein, D; Teemu Laakso, D; David Legwand, F; Pekka Rinne, G; Mike Santorelli, F; Jerred Smithson, F; Steve Sullivan, F; Ryan Suter, D; Jordin Tootoo, F; Shea Weber, D. Injured reserve: Joel Ward, F; Colin Wilson, F.

New Jersey Devils
Niclas Bergfors, F; Martin Brodeur, G; David Clarkson, F; Yann Danis, G; Andy Greene, D; Matt Halischuk, F; Jamie Langenbrunner, F; Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, F; Paul Martin, D; Mike Mottau, D; Cory Murphy, D; Rob Niedermayer, F; Johnny Oduya, D; Jay Pandolfo, F; Zach Parise, F; Rod Pelley, F; Andrew Peters, F; Brian Rolston, F; Bryce Salvador, D; Brendan Shanahan, F; Colin White, D; Travis Zajac, F; Dainius Zubrus, F. Injured reserve: Mark Fraser, D; Ilkka Pikkarainen, F.

New York Islanders
Josh Bailey, F; Sean Bergenheim, F; Martin Biron, G; Blake Comeau, F; Bruno Gervais, D; Jack Hillen, D; Tim Jackman, F; Radek Martinek, D; Freddy Meyer, D; Matt Moulson, F; Kyle Okposo, F; Richard Park, F; Joel Rechlicz, F; Dwayne Roloson, G; Rob Schremp, F; Jon Sim, F; Mark Streit, D; Andy Sutton, D; Jeff Tambellini, F; John Tavares, F; Nate Thompson, F; Brendan Witt, D. Injured reserve: Rick DiPietro, G; Mark Flood, D; Trent Hunter, F; Frans Nielsen, F; Jeremy Reich, F; Doug Weight, F.

New York Rangers
Artem Anisimov, F; Sean Avery, F; Brian Boyle, F; Donald Brashear, F; Ryan Callahan, F; Michael Del Zotto, D; Chris Drury, F; Brandon Dubinsky, F; Marian Gaborik, F; Matt Gilroy, D; Dan Girardi, D; Christopher Higgins, F; Ales Kotalik, F; Enver Lisin, F; Henrik Lundqvist, G; Vaclav Prospal, F; Wade Redden, D; Michal Rozsival, D; Marc Staal, D; Steve Valiquette, G; Aaron Voros, F. Injured reserve: None.

Ottawa Senators
Daniel Alfredsson, F; Chris Campoli, D; Matt Carkner, D; Jonathan Cheechoo, F; Shean Donovan, F; Brian Elliott, G; Mike Fisher, F; Nick Foligno, F; Erik Karlsson, D; Chris Kelly, F; Alex Kovalev, F; Filip Kuba, D; Pascal Leclaire, G; Milan Michalek, F; Chris Neil, F; Chris Phillips, D; Alexandre Picard, D; Peter Regin, F; Jarkko Ruutu, F; Ryan Shannon, F; Jason Spezza, F; Anton Volchenkov, D. Injured reserve: Jesse Winchester, F.

Philadelphia Flyers
Arron Asham, F; Johan Backlund, G; Marc-Andre Bourdon, D; Daniel Briere, F; Dan Carcillo, F; Matt Carle, D; Jeff Carter, F; Braydon Coburn, D; Riley Cote, F; Ray Emery, G; Simon Gagne, F; Claude Giroux, F; Scott Hartnell, F; Ian Laperriere, F; Ryan Parent, D; Darroll Powe, F; Chris Pronger, D; Mika Pyorala, F; Mike Richards, F; Danny Syvret, D; Michael-Lee Teslak, G; Kimmo Timonen, D; James Van Riemsdyk, F. Injured reserve: Brian Boucher, G; Mike Rathje, D; Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, D.

Phoenix Coyotes
Adrian Aucoin, D; Paul Bissonnette, F; Mikkel Boedker, F; Ilja Bryzgalov, G; Shane Doan, F; Vernon Fiddler, F; Martin Hanzal, F; Ed Jovanovski, D; Lauri Korpikoski, F; Jason LaBarbera, G; Sami Lepisto, D; Matthew Lombardi, F; Zbynek Michalek, D; Peter Mueller, F; Kevin Porter, F; Petr Prucha, F; Kurt Sauer, D; Scottie Upshall, F; James Vandermeer, D; Radim Vrbata, F; Daniel Winnik, F; Keith Yandle, D. Injured reserve: Taylor Pyatt, F.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Craig Adams, F; Chris Bourque, F; Matt Cooke, F; Sidney Crosby, F; Pascal Dupuis, F; Mark Eaton, D; Ruslan Fedotenko, F; Marc-Andre Fleury, G; Eric Godard, F; Alex Goligoski, D; Sergei Gonchar, D; Bill Guerin, F; Brent Johnson, G; Tyler Kennedy, F; Chris Kunitz, F; Kris Letang, D; Evgeni Malkin, F; Jay McKee, D; Brooks Orpik, D; Mike Rupp, F; Jordan Staal, F. Injured reserve: Mark Letestu, F; Ben Lovejoy, D.

St. Louis Blues
Derek Armstrong, F; David Backes, F; Patrik Berglund, F; Ben Bishop, G; Brad Boyes, F; Carlo Colaiacovo, D; Ty Conklin, G; B.J. Crombeen, F; Barret Jackman, D; Cam Janssen, F; Erik Johnson, D; Paul Kariya, F; Chris Mason, G; Jay McClement, F; Andy McDonald, F; T.J. Oshie, F; David Perron, F; Alex Pietrangelo, D; Roman Polak, D; Alex Steen, F; Darryl Sydor, D; Keith Tkachuk, F; Mike Weaver, D; Brad Winchester, F. Injured reserve: Eric Brewer, D; D.J. King, F.

San Jose Sharks
Rob Blake, D; Dan Boyle, D; Joe Callahan, D; Ryane Clowe, F; Jason Demers, D; Thomas Greiss, G; Dany Heatley, F; Kent Huskins, D; Manny Malhotra, F; Patrick Marleau, F; Jamie McGinn, F; Doug Murray, D; Evgeni Nabokov, G; Scott Nichol, F; Jed Ortmeyer, F; Joe Pavelski, F; Devin Setoguchi, F; Jody Shelley, F; Brad Staubitz, F; Joe Thornton, F; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D. Injured reserve: None.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Steve Downie, F; Todd Fedoruk, F; Kurtis Foster, D; David Hale, D; Jeff Halpern, F; Victor Hedman, D; Zenon Konopka, F; Lukas Krajicek, D; Vincent Lecavalier, F; Ryan Malone, F; Andrej Meszaros, D; Drew Miller, F; Antero Niittymaki, G; Mattias Ohlund, D; Paul Ranger, D; Matt Smaby, D; Mike Smith, G; Martin St. Louis, F; Steven Stamkos, F; Alex Tanguay, F; Stephane Veilleux, F; Matt Walker, D; James Wright, F. Injured reserve: None.

Toronto Maple Leafs
Francois Beauchemin, D; Jason Blake, F; Garnet Exelby, D; Jeff Finger, D; Mikhail Grabovski, F; Jonas Gustavsson, G; Niklas Hagman, F; Tomas Kaberle, D; Mike Komisarek, D; Nikolai Kulemin, F; Jamal Mayers, F; John Mitchell, F; Colton Orr, F; Alexei Ponikarovsky, F; Wayne Primeau, F; Jay Rosehill, F; Luke Schenn, D; Matt Stajan, F; Viktor Stalberg, F; Lee Stempniak, F; Vesa Toskala, G; Rickard Wallin, F; Ian White, D. Injured reserve: Tim Brent, F.

Vancouver Canucks
Steve Bernier, F; Kevin Bieksa, D; Alex Burrows, F; Alex Edler, D; Christian Ehrhoff, D; Tanner Glass, F; Darcy Hordichuk, F; Ryan Johnson, F; Ryan Kesler, F; Roberto Luongo, G; Willie Mitchell, D; Shane O'Brien, D; Andrew Raycroft, G; Mason Raymond, F; Aaron Rome, D; Rick Rypien, F; Sami Salo, D; Mikael Samuelsson, F; Daniel Sedin, F; Henrik Sedin, F; Sergei Shirokov, F; Kyle Wellwood, F. Injured reserve: Jannik Hansen, F.

Washington Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom, F; Matt Bradley, F; Chris Clark, F; John Erskine, D; Boyd Gordon, F; Mike Green, D; Milan Jurcina, D; Boyd Kane, F; Mike Knuble, F; Brooks Laich, F; Quintin Laing, F; Brendan Morrison, F; Shaone Morrisonn, D; Michael Nylander, F; Alex Ovechkin, F; Brian Pothier, D; Tom Poti, D; Jeff Schultz, D; Alexander Semin, F; Tyler Sloan, D; David Steckel, F; Jose Theodore, G; Semyon Varlamov, G. Injured reserve: None.

Wanna Bet?


HELSINKI -- It's the start of the hockey season, so what better way to celebrate than to peruse the latest Vegas odds thanks to Bodog.com?

Your thoughts?

And remember: This is for entertainment purposes only.

Florida Panthers

Regular Season Points

Over/Under                    87.5

Total Regular Season Points - Nathan Horton                                    

Over/Under                    60.5

Total Regular Season Points - David Booth    

Over/Under                    60.5

Total Regular Season Points - Stephen Weiss            

Over/Under                    52.5

Stanley Cup, Conference, and Divisional Odds

Odds to win the 2009/2010 Stanley Cup

Detroit Red Wings                      5/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                   5/1

Chicago Blackhawks                  8/1

San Jose Sharks                       8/1

Boston Bruins                            9/1

Washington Capitals                  10/1

Philadelphia Flyers                     14/1

Vancouver Canucks                   14/1

Anaheim Ducks                         15/1

Calgary Flames                         16/1

Montreal Canadiens                   25/1

New Jersey Devils                      25/1

New York Rangers                     25/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    28/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                   28/1

Ottawa Senators                        30/1

St. Louis Blues                          34/1

Edmonton Oilers                        35/1

Minnesota Wild                          40/1

Buffalo Sabres                           42/1

Columbus Blue Jackets              42/1

Dallas Stars                              44/1

Los Angeles Kings                     55/1

Florida Panthers                        60/1

Nashville Predators                    60/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                  70/1

Colorado Avalanche                    85/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       85/1

Atlanta Thrashers                       100/1

New York Islanders                    150/1

Odds to win the 2009/2010 Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh Penguins                   3/1

Boston Bruins                            5/1

Washington Capitals                  11/2

Philadelphia Flyers                     7/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    14/1

New Jersey Devils                      14/1

Montreal Canadiens                   15/1

New York Rangers                     16/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Buffalo Sabres                           20/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                   24/1

Florida Panthers                        30/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                  33/1

Atlanta Thrashers                       50/1

New York Islanders                    85/1

Odds to win the 2009/2010 Western Conference

Detroit Red Wings                      3/1

Chicago Blackhawks                  7/2

San Jose Sharks                       4/1

Vancouver Canucks                   10/1

Anaheim Ducks                         11/1

Calgary Flames                         17/2

St. Louis Blues                          17/1

Edmonton Oilers                        24/1

Minnesota Wild                          24/1

Columbus Blue Jackets              25/1

Dallas Stars                              26/1

Los Angeles Kings                     30/1

Nashville Predators                    30/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       50/1

Colorado Avalanche                    55/1


Odds to win the 2009/2010 Atlantic Division

Pittsburgh Penguins                   5/7

Philadelphia Flyers                     3/1

New Jersey Devils                      11/2

New York Rangers                     7/1

New York Islanders                    50/1


Odds to win the 2009/2010 Central Division

Detroit Red Wings                      Even

Chicago Blackhawks                  7/5

St. Louis Blues                          10/1

Columbus Blue Jackets              16/1

Nashville Predators                    20/1


Odds to win the 2009/2010 Northeast Division

Boston Bruins                            4/5

Montreal Canadians                   4/1

Ottawa Senators                        11/2

Buffalo Sabres                           6/1       

Toronto Maple Leafs                   12/1


Odds to win the 2009/2010 Pacific Division

San Jose Sharks                       5/8

Anaheim Ducks                         5/2

Dallas Stars                              9/1                   

Los Angeles Kings                     12/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       25/1


Odds to win the 2009/2010 Southeast Division

Washington Capitals                  1/2

Carolina Hurricanes                    7/2

Florida Panthers                        10/1     

Tampa Bay Lightning                  10/1

Atlanta Thrashers                       25/1

Odds to win the 2009/2010 Northwest Division

Calgary Flames                         3/2

Vancouver Canucks                   3/2

Edmonton Oilers                        11/2

Minnesota Wild                          6/1

Colorado Avalanche                    22/1

2009/2010 Regular Season Points Over/Unders

Anaheim Ducks                         96.5

Atlanta Thrashers                       80.5

Boston Bruins                            101.5

Buffalo Sabres                           91.5

Calgary Flames                         96.5

Carolina Hurricanes                    94.5

Chicago Blackhawks                  105.5

Colorado Avalanche                    72.5

Columbus Blue Jackets              86.5

Dallas Stars                              89.5

Detroit Red Wings                      106.5

Edmonton Oilers                        89.5

Florida Panthers                        87.5

Los Angeles Kings                     86.5

Minnesota Wild                          88.5

Montreal Canadiens                   93.5

Nashville Predators                    84.5

New Jersey Devils                      96.5

New York Islanders                    70.5

New York Rangers                     91.5

Ottawa Senators                        83.5

Philadelphia Flyers                     102.5

Phoenix Coyotes                       72.5

Pittsburgh Penguins                   102.5

San Jose Sharks                       107.5

St. Louis Blues                          91.5

Tampa Bay Lightning                  85.5

Vancouver Canucks                   96.5

Washington Capitals                  104.5

Awards Odds

Who will win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP?

Alexander Ovechkin                   4/1

Sidney Crosby                           4/1

Evgeni Malkin                            6/1

Joe Thornton                              8/1

Any Other Forward                     2/5

Any Goaltender                          3/1

Any Defenseman                       10/1


Who will win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s points leader?

Alexander Ovechkin (WAS)         3/1                   

Evgeni Malkin (PIT)                    3/1                   

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                   5/1       

Pavel Datsyuk (DET)                  8/1

Joe Thornton (SJ)                       12/1

Dany Heatley (SJ)                      14/1     

Nicklas Backstrom (WAS)          16/1     

Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)                    16/1

Jarome Iginla (CAL)                    18/1

Jason Spezza (OTT)                   22/1

Henrik Zetterberg (DET)              28/1                 

Ilya Kovalchuk (ATL)                   28/1

Marc Savard (BOS)                    28/1     

Rick Nash (CBJ)                        28/1

Martin St. Louis (TB)                  30/1

Daniel Alfredsson (OTT)              35/1                 

Daniel Sedin (VAN)                    35/1     

Henrik Sedin (VAN)                    35/1                 

Mike Richards (PHI)                   35/1     

Eric Staal (CAR)                        40/1                 

Jeff Carter (PHI)                         40/1                 

Jonathan Toews (CHI)                 40/1     

Zach Parise (NJ)                        40/1                 

Anze Kopitar (LA)                      50/1     

Derek Roy (BUF)                       50/1

Martin Havlat (MIN)                     80/1                 

Mike Cammalleri (MON)             80/1                 

John Tavares (NYI)                     100/1                           

Shane Doan (PHX)                     100/1               

Field (Any Other Player)             16/1                 

Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHL’s top Goaltender?

Martin Brodeur (NJ)                    5/1

Tim Thomas (BOS)                    7/1

Niklas Backstrom (Min)              15/2

Roberto Luongo (VAN)                8/1

Evgeni Nabokov (SJ)                   9/1

Cam Ward (CAR)                       10/1

Steve Mason (CBJ)                    10/1

Tomas Vokoun (FLA)                 10/1

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)               12/1

Cristobal Huet (CHI)                   14/1

Marty Turco (DAL)                      16/1

Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM)            16/1

Ryan Miller (BUF)                      16/1

Carey Price (MTL)                      18/1

Jonas Hiller (ANA)                      20/1

Semyon Varlamov (WAS)           25/1

Pekka Rinne (NAS)                    33/1

Chris Mason (STL)                     40/1

Pascal Leclaire (OTT)                 40/1

Ray Emery (PHI)                        40/1

Craig Anderson (COL)                50/1

Field (Any Other Player)             13/2

Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman?

Zdeno Chara (BOS)                    3/1

Nicklas Lidstrom (DET)               7/2

Jay Bouwmeester (CAL)             11/2

Dion Phaneuf (CAL)                    6/1

Chris Pronger (PHI)                    9/1

Dan Boyle (SJ)                          9/1

Mike Green (WAS)                     10/1

Scott Niedermayer (ANA)           10/1

Sergei Gonchar (PIT)                  12/1

Brian Rafalski (DET)                   14/1

Brent Seabrook (CHI)                 18/1

Cam Barker (CHI)                       18/1

Andrei Markov (MTL)                  20/1

Duncan Keith (CHI)                    22/1

Paul Martin (NJ)                         22/1

Dennis Wideman (BOS)             28/1

Mark Streit (NYI)                        30/1

Field (Any Other Player)             4/1

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OnFrozenFilm: Pete DeBoer, Helsinki Pregame 10/01/09

I Heard That You Were Feeling Ill: Florida Panthers Meet the Flu


HELSINKI -- The Florida Panthers are one sick bunch.

Yeah, they got the flu.

The Panthers prepared for tomorrow's season opener against the Blackhawks minus a number of key pieces today.

Center Stephen Weiss and defensemen Jordan Leopold, Bryan Allen and Keith Ballard were all held out of practice today because of illness. It's not known which of these guys will be in the lineup tomorrow. We'll see what happens at the morning skate.

With Weiss out, you had some pretty interesting line combos going.

Early in the practice, Shawn Matthias moved up to the top line to work with David Booth and Nathan Horton; Kamil Kreps centered a fourth line with Michal Repik and Mike Duco.

In the second half of practice, Matthias was back on the fourth line with Kreps and Repik on the wings. But here's the fun part: Michael Frolik was up on the top line as a center; Rostislav 'Ocho Cinco' Olesz was up on the second line with Steve Reinprecht and Cory Stillman; the third line had defenseman Jason Garrison working there, but it probably would be Gregory Campbell centering Duco and Radek Dvorak.

-- Two players could make their NHL debuts here tomorrow in Duco and Dmitry Kulikov.

-- Tomas Vokoun will start in goal tomorrow, with Pete DeBoer saying he'll make his decision on who plays Saturday based on that.

-- If you haven't checked out Pierre LeBrun's feature on David Booth, it's a good read. Check it out here. There's also bonus video of Pierre with Bryan McCabe.

-- Our buddy Dave Strader is back on FSN Arizona as that network picks up 50 Phoenix Coyotes games. That's not many, but all are in high def. So that's something.

-- Plenty of video coming up today, with quotes from Pete after practice as well as pretty full coverage of the pep rally with the two teams. Check it out all day long. Remember: It's still free!

Talking Mask


HELSINKI -- One of the great things to look forward to at the start of each hockey season is what new designs goalies are going to come up with for their masks.

Here in Florida we've seen some pretty cool ones.


My fave? The John Vanbiesbrouck cat mouth from the 1995-96 season. That was a tight mask.

I also liked


Craig Anderson's lid from last year with the Corvette theme and the cat skeleton.

Nothing all that exciting coming out of the Panthers this season, although Scott Clemmensen has a little creativity to his.

I didn't snap pictures because I only had it in my hands for a second (his new mask actually came fitted wrong so he may have to start the season with his old Devils mask) but it's pretty tropical looking. He tied the Panthers in with multi-colored puma-looking cats streaking across the helmet in pastel colors. He also has his Jimmy Buffet parrot on the back. It's different looking, I'll say that.

And the light blue colors may fit right in with that rumored third jersey (it's not really a rumor, it's coming out in November).

Check out Clemmensen's new mask in tomorrow's Miami Herald NHL special section.

-- Speaking of new masks, the Denver Post's Adrian Dater took some shots of Anderson's new mask in Colorado. He's going with the snowman look, while still throwing in the Corvette racing thing. Check 'er out.