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Panthers Honor Torrey with Banner, Gifts ... Team Also Retires No. 93 ... Grabner Back in Town

Torreybannerfla1 Alternate governor Bill Torrey was honored by the team before Saturday night's game as a large banner was raised to the rafters.

It becomes the fifth hockey-related banner at the arena joining ones representing the 1996 Eastern Conference championship, the record-setting inaugural season, the 2001 NHL Draft and 2003 All-Star Game.

Torrey's banner, which does not have a bow tie on it, simply reads Torrey 93 with the Panthers logo and the franchise's red, blue and gold color scheme.

Special guests for the pregame ceremony included former owner H. Wayne Huizenga, former broadcaster Jiggs McDonald and Hall of Famers Emile Francis, Bob Pulford, Harry Sindin, Lou Nanne and Jim Gregory.

The team gave Torrey a vacation at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, a three-year lease on a Lexus and will place a bronze plaque in their Den of Honor.

The Panthers also retired the No. 93 in honor of Torrey. The 93 represents the franchise's first season. The Panthers aren't the only local team to honor a team executive with a retired number. The Marlins retired No. 5 in honor of late president Carl Barger in 1993.

Glenn Stanley C. Panther is now wearing double-zero.

Said Torrey: “My family has been my blessing. They've supported me and gave me the inspiration to try and succeed in every endeavor. I bow my head to them.''

-- Michael Grabner faced his former team Saturday – although his stay in South Florida was short and completely forgettable.

Grabner, whom Florida acquired in the Keith Ballard trade with Vancouver over the summer, was waived after a poor training camp. Grabner was picked up by the Islanders and has two goals and an assist through the first six games.

Grabner's three points would have tied him for fifth on the Panthers in scoring coming into Saturday's game and his two goals would tie for the Florida lead.

Torreygift Florida had plenty of room on its roster to keep Grabner with Byron Bitz needing sports hernia surgery and Keaton Ellerby going back to the minors. But the Panthers felt center Mike Santorelli won a roster spot making Grabner expendable.

(Photo at left courtesy of ERIN BROWN)

“Good for him. Some guys are better fits in other places,'' said DeBoer. “The bottom line was we came into camp with an open competition concept and we stuck to it. I give [GM] Dale Tallon credit. He got beat out of a job by Santorelli and [Shawn] Matthias and those type of guys. They were better in preseason. It's great he landed on his feet. I wish him all the best.''

-- Matthias took a puck off a skate during Friday's practice and was unable to go Saturday. DeBoer said he hopes to have Matthias back Tuesday in Toronto. Jason Garrison (groin) missed his second straight game but could also return Tuesday.

With Matthias out, Steven Reinprecht centered the fourth line with Darcy Hordichuk getting into his third game – first since Oct. 11.

-- PHOTO: Panthers website and social media skipper Glenn Odebralski Twitters or Facebooks or puts up video while honoring Bill Torrey by wearing a bow tie -- one dude learned how to tie himself. Now that's a skill! Seriously, I'm impressed.

Odebralski is one of a number of team staffers sporting the bow tie.

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