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A New Panthers Goalie: Adam Reasoner Goes from Wall Street to MSG to help Florida Panthers

IMG_1255 BY GEORGE RICHARDS

NEW YORK -- The Florida Panthers had but one goalie on the ice for half of Tuesday's morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

That's because the replacement for Scott Clemmensen was racing uptown in a taxi.

Adam Reasoner, a 26-year-old bond trader who played at Boston College, came to the rescue, skating onto the famed ice on the fifth floor of the World's Most Famous Arena. "I knew a couple shortcuts [the cab driver] wasn't taking,'' Adam joked about his hurried ride from downtown Manhattan. “He was getting smacked in the back of the head a little bit."

If the last name sounds familiar, it should. Adam Reasoner is the younger brother of Panthers center Marty Reasoner. When Marty saw that Florida would only have one goalie out on the practice ice, he went to the team and told them he knew someone who could fill in.

Adam Reasoner was working his day job on Wall Street when he saw a missed call from his older brother and then a text message asking if he was willing to meet the team.

“It was a pretty impressive turnaround,'' Marty said. “He was here in, like, half-an-hour. It's fun. It's exciting to get him out here. I'm almost eight years older  IMG_1252 than he is, so I never really got a chance to play or skate together. This was a pretty cool experience."

Clemmensen decided he couldn't practice after tweaking a knee during Saturday's loss to the Islanders. Florida called up Tyler Plante from AHL Rochester, but he couldn't make it in from Cleveland in time for the skate leaving just Tomas Vokoun on the ice for the Panthers.

Midway through the morning skate, Adam Reasoner walked out from the tunnel wearing a black Panthers practice jersey over his Boston College themed gear – complete with the screaming eagle on his custom painted mask.

In the visitors locker room, Adam Reasoner's dress socks and shoes were strewn on the middle of the floor. The guy was obviously in a hurry to get out there.

“It was pretty cool being able to skate with these guys,'' said Adam, who drew praise from coach Pete DeBoer for his quick moves during practice. “I'm going to be here tonight watching them, so that was an excellent opportunity. I can't thank the Panthers and Marty enough. It was a real pleasure.''

Adam Reasoner spent two seasons playing at Boston College, playing in one game. He says he stays in shape playing with other financial folk in a Wednesday night game at Chelsea Pier. That's a little different than taking on the likes of Marty Reasoner, David Booth and Evgeny Dadonov during shootout drills at the end of practice.

IMG_1256 “We have beer in the locker room after our games,'' Adam laughed, moments before asking rookie Keaton Ellerby if he could grab a Gatorade out of the giant bucket sitting in the middle of the dressing room.

“Grab all you want,'' Ellerby said. “You did great out there today.''

Said DeBoer: “Marty is a good pro and a good guy. He saw a chance to get his brother out here to help us and to skate at Madison Square Garden and jumped on it. He seized that opportunity.''

Never one to miss out on a good joke, DeBoer continued with some praise for Adam Reasoner's play – while taking a shot at his offensively challenged team.

“The scary part is, [Adam] looked good. I don't know if that's because of our shooters or because he's good. It might just be the guys shooting on him.''

-- DeBoer on Clemmensen's injury: “It's just a little tweak, nothing serious. He just doesn't feel comfortable on it right now.''

-- On Tyler Plante playing Wednesday in Chicago: “I'm trying to get through tonight. We're trying to win every game here. If Vokoun is healthy and feels good, he'll be back in there.''

-- Forward Jack Skille will be in tonight after suffering a high ankle sprain a few weeks ago in Ottawa. Shawn Matthias looked good out there today and could play as well.

The Panthers will be without center Stephen Weiss after DeBoer said he suffered some sort of leg injury. DeBoer said it was not a knee injury. Weiss is on the trip and looked to be in good spirits. When I asked him if he was day-to-day, he said that about summed it up.

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hope Plante gets a game in before the seasons over

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