First, gone are the red "Respect" signs on the wall. In years past, players had their photos above their stalls.
Players like Pavel Bure, John Vanbiesbrouck, Scott Mellanby and yes, Billy Lindsay and Gord Murphy have their photos lining the wall.
Side Note: A number of players commented how much they liked those old red jerseys. So, you fans are not alone.
Anyway, it's a classy homage to the past. Above the goalie stalls are photos of Vanbiesbrouck, Mike Vernon and Ed Belfour. By the medical training room, photos of Bill Torrey and the late, great, Roger Neilson adorn the walls.
Again, these are retired former Panthers so Gary Roberts is there, but Roberto Luongo is not.
And it looks pretty darned good.
Anyway, onto the logo (pictured at top).
When the Panthers held their first practice of training camp in Sunrise, the carpeted logo was roped off.
Players who are caught tromping on the logo in the middle of the room will be fined $500.
Same goes for any player who lets their practice or game jersey touch the floor.
The sign says 'no exceptions' although I don't know if this is self policed or what. We noticed one player walk across the logo in his skates at least three different times today.
Which player? Ha! I'm no snitch.
I also have no problem with the Panthers doing this. I've never walked across the logo intentionally (although I probably have when in a hurry) and it's not that big of a deal. I think it's good the organization is trying to stress that this franchise does have a little bit of history, that these guys should be proud to play for the Panthers (as Stephen Weiss surmised the other day).
You cannot have it both ways.
The organization says that there is nothing wrong with the urology group using the small Panthers medical logo in their advertising -- even if it is placed in urinals inside the arena.
Two seasons ago, Michael Yormark said the logo is used on all sorts of merchandise one might consider disrespectful, such as a mat one would wipe their feet on.
I don't think that is a good comparison, and I would guess that the person (Pete DeBoer or Dale Tallon) who came up with the idea of fining players for "disrespecting'' the logo by letting it hit the floor or walking on it would probably agree.
And, yes, the decals are still there. The photo was taken this morning.