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Panthers Ownership Shuffle: Cliff Viner now Sole Managing Partner

StucliffThe Panthers are expected to announce today that Cliff Viner will become the team's sole managing partner with Stu Siegel remaining on as a limited partner.

I've been told Siegel (at right in photo, hugging Viner as Michael Yormark turns to check out what's going on) will remain with the franchise and continue to run the charitable foundation.

Viner and Siegel took control of the Panthers from Alan Cohen (who still owns a nice chunk of the team) last November.

The two ran the team together, although as many of us speculated last fall, those kind of deals rarely work. Everyone figured one of the two would eventually take over. One voice kind of thing -- although in public, the two very much seemed to have the same thoughts on how to move the Panthers forward. So far, I have to say, they have done a pretty good job of getting things back on track.

Anyway, hope to speak to Viner later on today. According to the Panthers website, they are both listed as co-managing partners with Siegel serving as the team's CEO and NHL governor. Viner will take over those duties.

-- Also, according to @ChrisBottaNHL the Islanders decided to not renew the contract of analyst Billy Jaffe because he wasn't positive enough.

Well, anyway, Botta reports that Denis Potvin is an obvious candidate to replace Jaffe in the MSG booth. If Potvin doesn't get the analyst gig, he could take over pre and post game duties on Isles games.

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I'm going to miss Stu and telling him how to run the Organization. Just kidding. Overall, I approve of the direction the team is heading though the Playoffs seem a VERY LONGSHOT this coming season. Hopefully Viner will stay as acessable to the fans as Stu has.

Stu realizes that their revenue is going to dive bomb this season and he doesn't want to be in the middle of this mess. Yet another management change by this joke of a organization!

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