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May 31, 2011

Rocking the Red: Florida Panthers Return to their Roots

Red The Florida Panthers may be working on their "Blueprint" this week as Jack Skille has been resigned to a two-year deal and Kevin Dineen has been hired to be the franchise's 11th coach.

On the ice, however, the Panthers want you to see red.

Red as in 1993.

Red, hoping they can make that rhyme with win.

The Panthers are shifting their marketing focus this summer to coincide with their return to their orginal look.

A restyled red jersey will become Florida's primary jersey this season -- the first time the red will be the team's primary home jersey since the early 2000s when it was relegated to alternate thirds and then dropped during the Reebok restyle in 2007. I was told Alan Cohen hated the red look, and for parts of his ownership, the team only wore that color on weekends.

Jetblue I have seen mockups with the new circle logo -- which debuted on the Tampa Bay JetBlue thirds -- on them although I have been told it will be the leaping cat on the front. Sans stick.

No word on whether the JetBlues will return as the alternate for a third season. Florida may keep the home blue jerseys it has worn since the 2007-08 season as the alternate. When I find out about the thirds, will let you know.

And according to the 'Blueprint' logo on the Panthers website, the crossing palm tree-hockey stick logo will remain as well. There have been rumors that the FLA logo from the JetBlues would make it onto the new/old jerseys. Not if Bill Torrey has anything to say about it, though.

The Panthers will unveil the new/old jersey at the draft with the picks in St. Paul rocking the new threads.

Offseason -- The Panthers are going to push the red hard this offseason. 'Rock the Red' is part of Washington's marketing, so that's out.

The Panthers marketing campaign will be red-related as well.

Here are some possibilities (some for real, some I made up):

Bleed Red: With the team's financial questions, this will only lead to more Quebec City jokes.

City of Red: Begs a question of which city the Panthers actually represent. And also will bring up the team's financial concerns.

Better Red than Dead: This will sell well in South Florida.

Red, White and Proud: The road jerseys are white.

Big Red: It's also a fine chewing gum.

Redvolution: Well, lets just wait and see what makes the cut.

Sticks -- The Panthers -- err, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment -- is using lots of red in its non-hockey marketing as well. The video board outside the arena has been advertising various concerts with lots of red in the graphics.

FLA -- SSE has also talked about possibly upholstering the lower bowl in all red. I've been told there have been people out to the arena to talk about how feasible this is.

The current arena color scheme (green lower bowl, beige club level, blue uppers) was designed to resemble the look of the everglades when H. Wayne's crew was designing things.  

 

 

Kevin Dineen: New Coach of Florida Panthers

Dineen3 Kevin Dineen, who spent parts of three decades playing in the NHL, will be named the 11th coach in Florida Panthers history on Wednesday afternoon.

Bob McKenzie of Canada's TSN first reported the hiring via Twitter on Tuesday.

Dineen will be formally introduced at BankAtlantic Center Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Dineen has been the coach of the AHL Portland Pirates since 2005. He broke into the league as a player with Hartford in 1984 and played for the Flyers, Hurricanes, Sens and Jackets.

After retiring, he worked under former Panthers coach Doug MacLean in Columbus.

The Hartford Wolf Pack -- the one man Wolf Pack know known as Dineen1 the Connecticut Whale of the AHL -- retired his number to honor his contributions to the Whalers.

Dineen replaces Pete DeBoer, who was fired the day following Florida's 1-0 win over Washington in the 2010-11 season finale. DeBoer spent three seasons behind the Florida bench and is signed through next season.

 

May 30, 2011

Jack Skille Gets Two-Year Deal from Florida Panthers

From Bob McKenzie's Twitter account (@TSNBobMcKenzie):

The Panthers agree to terms with forward Jack Skille on a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $825,000.

Skille, who came to the Cats from Chicago in a midseason deal, was a restricted free agent.

The Panthers have already resigned RFA Keaton Ellerby and are supposedly in talks with Mike Santorelli.

RFAs Steve Bernier and Byron Bitz aren't expected to return next season.

I'm out of town for the holiday weekend but will be updating this site much more frequently in the coming days.

Time to get back to hockey talk Panthers fans...

May 22, 2011

Bulls' Joakim Noah Apologizes for Gay Slur (With Video) ... Former UF Star Frustrated with Game 3 vs. Miami Heat

Noah BY GEORGE RICHARDS
grichards@MiamiHerald.com

Sunday was not a good night for Bulls center Joakim Noah at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Monday probably won't be good to Noah's bank account.

Noah was caught on video using an expletive as well as an anti-gay slur toward a fan after he picked up his second foul early in Sunday's 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Noah could face the same large fine Lakers star Kobe Bryant did last month. Bryant used the same slur Noah did and was fined $100,000. Bryant's remarks weren't directed at a fan, but to referee Bennie Adams after being called for a technical foul in a game on April 12.

Noah says he doesn't “even want to think” about the amount of his probable fine.

“It's very disappointing. I apologize if I offended anyone,'' Noah said after throwing the box score into a tub of ice water. “I was just caught in the moment. A fan said something that was disrespectful towards me and I responded. I have to take the consequences like a man. It was just a bad decision on my part.''

Noah, who helped lead the Florida Gators to consecutive national titles in 2006-07, struggled from the start of Sunday's game.

After knocking the ball out of bounds on the initial tip, Chris Bosh drew the first foul of the night as Noah was called just six seconds in. Noah was pulled from the game with 6:26 remaining in the first after he committed his second foul of the night fighting for a rebound. Noah would soon utter the curse word and the slur, reacting to a heckler near the Chicago bench.

“It was a rough night and I just need to bounce back,'' Noah said. “We have to bounce back. We didn't play well offensively or defensively. They just picked us apart. I have to play better, play with more energy and more passion. It was just a frustrating night.''

Noah, who had averaged nine points with 11 rebounds in the opening two games of the series, didn't come back into the game until midway through the second. Noah played just 10:41 in the opening half, scoring one point with three rebounds.

The Bulls big man played much of the third quarter but struggled to do much of anything against Joel Anthony and committed his third foul when Mike Bibby drew a charge. Noah picked up his fifth foul with 3:35 left and the Bulls down 11.

“I never got into a rhythm,'' Noah said. “Even if I'm not in an offensive rhythm I have to bring more. Give Miami credit, they played well. But we can bet better.''

As frustrated as Noah looked for much of the night – Noah ended with one point, five rebounds and six assists in 29:04 – Bibby looked comfortable despite having to cover Derrick Rose for much of the night. Bibby scored a total of nine points in the opening two games of the series and was averaging 3.6 points per game in the postseason.

On Sunday, Bibby had six points in the third after hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Bibby was extremely active in the third, hitting a 25-footer off a feed from Bosh not long after creating a turnover. With the score tied at 53, Bibby calmly drained another 25-footer (this one off a LeBron James pass) with 5:59 left.

Bibby's six points in the third were all he would score.

“He arguably has the toughest fight of anyone and that's getting his chest into the front of that tornado,'' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He's such a heady player. It's a matter of time when his shooting comes around. We look like a different team when we're knocking down threes.''

 

May 11, 2011

Golfing With Goldie

Goldielaurer Panthers television voice Steve Goldstein will be holding his annual charity golf tournament next Friday, May 20 at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club.

Although all the golf spots are taken, there is room at the post-tournament lunch which will include plenty of Florida Panthers gifts and goodies.

If you are interested in coming by and meeting everyone after the event, email: goldiesganggolf@aol.com or call 754-244-7567.

Always a good time and it's for a good cause.

 

NHL Releases Conference Finals Schedules

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are enjoying the Stanley Cup playoffs. Thanks to the Red Wings, the second round sure did pick up, didn't it?

Anyway, the NHL sent out the potential schedules for the conference finals.

Of course, the Eastern Conference finals are set; Tampa Bay opens up in Boston on Saturday night. The Bolts don't play their first home game in this series until next Thursday.

If you want to head up, it's not a bad ride at all.

May see you there for Game 4, actually.

2011 STANLEY CUP CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE SCENARIOS

2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE

Date                                 Time (ET)        #3 Boston vs. #5 Tampa Bay                Networks
Game 1: Saturday, May 14, 2011        8 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 2: Tuesday, May 17, 2011        8 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                        VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Game 3: Thursday, May 19, 2011        8 p.m.                Boston at Tampa Bay                        VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Game 4: Saturday, May 21, 2011            1:30 p.m.                Boston at Tampa Bay                        NBC, TSN, RDS
*Game 5: Monday, May 23, 2011        8 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 6: Wed., May 25, 2011          8 p.m.                Boston at Tampa Bay                        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 7: Friday, May 27, 2011        8 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                         VERSUS, CBC, RDS



2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE IF DETROIT ADVANCES

Date                                 Time (ET)        #1 Vancouver vs. #3 Detroit                Networks
Game 1: Sunday, May 15, 2011        8 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 2: Wed., May 18, 2011        9 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20, 2011        8 p.m.                Vancouver at Detroit                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22, 2011        3 p.m.                Vancouver at Detroit                        CBC, RDS, NBC
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24, 2011        9 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 6: Thursday, May 26, 2011        8 p.m.                Vancouver at Detroit                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 7: Saturday, May 28, 2011        8 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS


2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE IF SAN JOSE ADVANCES

Date                                 Time (ET)        #1 Vancouver vs. #2 San Jose        Networks
Game 1: Sunday, May 15, 2011        8 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 2: Wed., May 18, 2011        9 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20, 2011        9 p.m.                Vancouver at San Jose                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22, 2011        3 p.m.                Vancouver at San Jose                        CBC, RDS, NBC
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24, 2011        9 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 6: Thursday, May 26, 2011        9 p.m.                Vancouver at San Jose                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 7: Saturday, May 28, 2011        8 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS

* If necessary                          ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN TIME