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Jay Bouwmeester First Star? News to the Media ... Thrashers Stranded ... Rostislav Olesz to Edmonton?

Boallstar4 The South Florida media (usually just myself and Steve Gorten since Brian Y. moved to the Davie Dolphins beat) votes on the Three Stars of each Panthers home game.

We sometimes disagree and sometimes the Panthers do what they want anyway. Since we vote with seven minutes left in a game, things change and since we're on deadline, the Panthers do what they think is right yet still credit us with the selection -- whether we want it (we don't) or not.

And then something happens like tonight.

Jay Bouwmeester, he of the one assist, was apparently named the first star of Friday night's game at The Billboard.

Apparently because that's what it says on the official game sheet.

OFFICIALS 3 STARS By:South Florida Media
Referee Linesman
#14 Dennis LaRue
#43 Brian Pochmara
#67 Pierre Champoux
#73 Vaughan Rody
Standby  Standby 

Only problem is, Jay wasn't selected as one of the top stars of the game so all you angry Panthers fans who thought this was some cruel joke cooked up by the two beat writers can relax.

This is just a mix up.

Here's what happened, as far as I can tell. Somehow, the top star got mixed up in the translation. The official three stars (and listen, Jay has a good case to be included here because there was really no true star tonight) were:

3. Kotalik (opening goal off Leopold's skate); 2. Vokoun (where would they be without him?) and 1. Giordano (had the game-winning goal, so why not).

This list was called up to the announcer's desk and was announced this way by PA guy Bill Murphy. But somehow Bouwmeester's name got typed into the scoreboard and put onto the official game sheet. How did this happen? The only thing I can think of is someone heard Calgary No. 5, looked at the roster and typed in No. 4 -- Bouwmeester.

Bouwmeester was not announced as the first star nor did he come out for the salute. But he is on the game sheet (for now) and I am hearing it from irate Panthers fans who thought I had something to do with it.

Well, Steve X. may have.

Just kidding. He didn't.

-- Washington D.C. can claim it has two hockey teams tonight as the Atlanta Thrashers are taking up residence because of the snow storm. Word is the Thrash are stranded for the night and will try and fly south sometime tomorrow. The Panthers are in Atlanta now, enjoying that terrific downtown nightlife I am sure.

Let's hope the Thrashers get out of town. Don't want to have to go back there for a makeup game.

Read somewhere tonight that the Penguins are going to bypass the local DC airports tomorrow (good idea says the guy stuck on a runway for 3 1/2 hours last weekend) and will land at Andrews Air Force Base so they can play the Caps on Sunday.

-- Just checking my Twitter while watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles and came across this note from


This site says this an unconfirmed deal and it's too late for me to look into it -- and I'm flying in a few hours. So we'll see. Oh, yeah, the deal.

Rostislav Olesz and prospect Drew Shore (a center at the University of Denver who seems to be playing well for the Pioneers this season) to Edmonton for center Shawn Horcoff and a draft pick.

Horcoff, who has nine goals and 11 assists in 51 games this season, is signed through the next FIVE seasons averaging $5.5 million per. Ouch.

But, Olesz is signed for the next four years @ 3.125 mil per. One bad contract for another? I would think Edmonton would have to be taking something else Florida doesn't want back, or getting more coming east. Horcoff is going to be very, very, hard to move.

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13 shots please, watch out the hurricanes are catching up to us

time to think about next year

F. I. R. E. S. E. X. T. O. N.

HORRIBLE trade. It better not happen.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! My daughter will be CRUSHED if Rusty is traded!! Not this weekend, I cannot deal with that kind of pain this weekend!!

I think you mean Shawn Horcoff? And no, you don't want him.

another minor deal. thats all we ever hear/see. make a deal that means something to the sucess of this team. hard to do but get yourself a #1 center and #1 defenceman

If that trade is real then all i have to say i wow.That is absolutely putrid.We get rid of 3.1 million per season in salary and a prospect for a possible 2thru4 round pick and take an underachieving center making 5 million a season.Wouldn't surprise me if this happens though, it is the panthers after all. ::sigh::

That does not sound like a good deal to me since the Panthers would be picking up more salary for five years. I don't think this rumor is true.

Besides the offensive troubles, lets talk Amerks. Rochester is worrisome. The only Panther draft pick with more than ten goals is Repik in the AHL (16 goals despite how many times that he has been up with the Panthers). This is why Repik is still up with the team. Dadonov and Brine also have ten goals, but I don't think the Panthers will bring them up this soon. The three top leading scorers in Rochester (15+goalsd) are free agent AHL veterans with one year deals (Johnson, Taffe, Taylor). Very worrisome for the Panthers.

Perhaps, AHL players should be included in a trade for draft picks as they need more scoring depth there too. Let's hope Sexton has a plan.

P.S. I'm sure any pick up will be for a former Deboer coached player.

Perhaps 1 day this team will realize they need to get a sniper and spend the money for him. NJ has a MB in net and still has the smarts to go out and get Kovalchuk even though they know how to win by scoring only 1 or 2 goals a night. I don't fault Sexton just yet but after the trade deadline we'll see if he has a direction for this team or just more mediorce players that can't finish off plays.

I am OK with the deal being Olesz for Horcoff straight up or with a 3rd round pick going there, but not so sure about moving Shore. We'll see how this plays out.

You mean Shawn Horcoff

There's not a snow balls chance in hell Sexton makes that deal. Horcoff's contract is one of the worst in the league.

Olesz and allen for horcoff and a pick I'd do

Horcoff is a - 27!!!!! He was a -22 couple of seasons ago... Really bad trade. I am all for trading Olesz throw in Campbell, Moore, Reinprecht while your at it but get something good at least

Please take Horcoff... We'll take a $3Mil bag of pucks, I don't care.

From that site:
Update on the Horcoff to Florida deal: Oilers will have to give up a 2nd rounder or another minor player to get it done. Still not close.

That trade doesn't make sense for us, and because it doesn't make sense, Randy would probably do it! However, since it would involve taking on extra salary, Randy would need to get ownership to approve the deal, and they won't want to take on additional salary. So, the deal won't happen....thankfully!

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