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Booth2 David Booth stood outside the Panthers locker room in Coral Springs on Monday morning talking to a local reporter about his brand of shades.

“You don't just want to talk about sunglasses, do you,” he joked.

It's been almost two weeks since Booth's season was ended after he suffered his second concussion in a six month span – but at least the Panthers winger still has his sense of humor.

Booth spoke publicly Monday for the first time since he was knocked out during a collision with Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek on March 25 in Montreal. Booth was playing the puck near the boards when he was hit in the face from Spacek on a play completely within the rules.

Booth suffered a large cut on the bridge of his nose and was taken to a local hospital for tests. He was released and sent back to South Florida where he is under strict orders not to do much of anything. Luckily for Booth, the second concussion wasn't as severe as the first – but having two concussions in one season is a concern.

“I feel a lot normal quicker than I did then,'' Booth said. “There aren't many symptoms now, just some sleep and headaches. Those things are expected. It's definitely not as bad as the last one.''

Booth missed 45 games earlier this season after he was concussed after being hit in open ice by Philadelphia captain Mike Richards on Oct. 24. Booth admits to trying to come back from that concussion too soon, and that only set him back more. Booth not only wanted to come back to help the Panthers, but also to try and make the U.S. national team at the Olympics.

Because of the uncertainty of his return, Booth was left off Team USA. Today, Booth knows time is on his side in this recovery as he doesn't have any hockey in his immediate future. The Panthers don't open training camp until Sept. 10.

“I have the whole summer,'' said Booth. “I'm not doing much, just relaxing at home. It's been nice.''

Coach Pete DeBoer and the Panthers training staff were extremely cautious with Booth after his first concussion, knowing full well that Booth's work ethic could be a deterrence to his recovery. “I was worried about coming back, playing on the Olympic team,'' he said. “I forced myself.'' This time around, Booth says he's fully sticking to the plan as he has experience on his side.

“He has plenty of time to heal and get himself right,'' said DeBoer. “All the results back have been positive compared to the last one. We definitely miss him. We're a different team with him in the lineup.''

MORE INJURIES

The Panthers injured list continues to grow as winger Cory Stillman is out after injuring his back Saturday against the Rangers. Florida sent back two forwards to its AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., on Sunday, but quickly called back two on Monday.

“He wasn't moving around well [Monday],'' DeBoer said regarding Stillman.

Enforcer Steve MacIntyre is back after being returned to Rochester on Friday; Evgeny Dadonov will make his NHL debut on Tuesday.

Dadonov, the 71st overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Panthers, has 17 goals with 23 assists with the Americans this season. This is Dadonov's first North American pro season as he played in Russia last year.

“He's a very skilled, talented player, but he had to adjust to the North American game,'' general manager Randy Sexton said of Dadonov. “He's done that and has worked hard on both ends of the puck. His offense has really picked up in the second half of the season as he's adjusted. We're rewarding a guy who deserves the chance.''

-- Victor Oreskovich missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury but practiced Monday and will play Tuesday against the Senators. Defenseman Bryan Allen (ribs) didn't practice Monday and is out against the Sens as Clay Wilson will play in his second straight NHL game.

-- Here is the local media schedule for the rest of the season. Some of you in South Florida will have to get your radio fix somewhere else at the end of the week as 790 The Ticket is broadcasting the Marlins. This is direct from Randy Moller.

4/6  Panthers vs Ottawa 7pm  No FS Florida on Center Ice Package  Radio: 790am

4/8  Panthers vs NJ Devils 7:30pm  FS Florida, and Center Ice Package Radio: 640am

4/10 Panthers @ TB Lightning 7:30pm  FS Florida, on Center Ice Package  Radio: 640am

4/11 Panthers vs TB Lightning 5pm  FS Florida and Center Ice Package  Radio: 790am

TUESDAY: SENATORS AT PANTHERS

When, Where: 7 p.m.; BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise

TV/Radio: No local TV; WAXY 790

The series: Senators lead 34-26-3

The game: Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson will play in his 1,000th career NHL game on Tuesday. Alfredsson knows the Panthers well. Not only did he score his first NHL goal against Florida in 1995, but he has 22 goals and 25 assists in 49 career games against the Cats. The Panthers won the season series against the Sens last year for the first time since 1998-99, but can only finish .500 against them this season. Ottawa has won two of the first three meetings this season and are 27-10-0-2 against Florida since the start of the 1999-2000 season. Tomas Vokoun will be in net for the Panthers after Scott Clemmensen started the previous two (1-1-0).

-- I know I'm late to this game, but here is some completely unbiased fan coverage of a Toronto Maple Leafs loss to Atlanta earlier this season. Good stuff.


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It's Booth's nature to want to play, and play hard, but management should have kept him out of the line up. Now his career may be ruined because Booth felt convicted about earning his new contract. I party blame management.

Looking forward to watching Dadanov. I remember before the season started, there was much hoopla around Dadanov. Hope the Panthers lose these next remaining games. We need a better pick at the draft.

Holy crap, that dude is scary!

man...taylor hall in a panther's jersey would be sweet.

The way things are going currently, unless The Cats catch a SERIOUS break in the lottery, they won't be drafting higher than 4th or 5th...Which is something they should be used to, so the comfort level is there.

Ya know, it's odd, your The Caps, you stink, then Alex The Great falls into your lap, you draft Semin, Green, and Backstrom, and all of a sudden, your winning The President's Trophy. Then your The Pens, Sid The Kid falls into your lap, you draft Malkin, Stall, and Fleury(granted, that was before Crosby), and your hoisting The Cup a few years later. Then your The Panthers, you don't make the playoffs year-in and year-out for the last 10 years, you get draft pick after draft pick in the top 5, you trade away a world-class goalie like Luongo, and have nothing to show for it but Bryan Allen, you lose a player you drafted(after moving down by trade)3rd overall for nothing. If moves like that aren't an indictment of terrible running of this organization from the owner down through the GM and player personel(thank you Keenan, Martin, Cohen, Yormark, et al), I don't know what is.

George,
Does anyone else see a connection between the Yormark brothers? (these yo-yos run two of the arguably worst franchises in their respective sports). A team's culture (winning or losing) comes from the top. Do you think that this new ownership group is going to be more of the same or will they actually hold someone including themselves accountable? I'm a recent transplant to the LA area, and the Kings seem like a young franchise on the right path. They were at the bottom of the league last year, this year they're in the playoffs, and seem to have a great young core. It's obvious why the panthers haven't been in the playoffs for 9 years, but at what point do you say "enough is enough"?

Its possibly better to go to a paper like the NY Post or Newark Star-Ledger and see how their readers feel about the Nets and Yormack, than it is asking George. No one in the media is going to openly bad mouth Yormack, if he enjoys having his job.

I think its quite obvious from reading George over time, that he knows this organization is run by idiots. But he can't come out directly and say this for two reasons. Its his job to be semi unbiased when it comes to ownership/management or he'll lose his credentials. Ask Toast from Big 106 about this, when he criticized the trading of Ozolinsh on the radio.

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