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Banged Up Florida Panthers Put Mascot on IR ... Other Mascots to Fill In

Stanleyprice The Panthers have more than players on the mend.

According to the team, mascot Stanley C. Panther sustained "an undisclosed injury while attempting to hurdle a folding chair" during Florida's win over the Sabres on Dec.17.

The team says the mascot is "currently confined to a wheelchair" but will still attend home games as he recovers.

Ibissooner "However, in support of his recovery, local South Florida mascots Billy the Marlin (Marlins), Sebastian the Ibis (Hurricanes), Burnie (Heat) and T.D. (Dolphins) will be at the BankAtlantic Center tonight, when the Cats take on the Bruins, and at various other home games while Stanley is still on the mend.''  

Fans can sign a get-well card for the big cat at the games.

Billygoodyear No word on whether you can sign a card for players Radek Dvorak, Cory Stillman, Rostislav Olesz and Byron Bitz as they recover from their injuries as well.

Actually, those guys sound closer to being back on the ice than Stanley does.

-- Word is, the Panthers will hold a moment of silence for talk show host Neil Rogers before tonight's game against the Bruins.

The acerbic Rogers passed away on Thursday. Rogers was perhaps one of the biggest proponents of hockey in South Florida -- years before the Panthers arrived on the scene.

Panthers president Michael Yormark said the team would honor Rogers tonight in response to a fan email.