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Florida Panthers/Buffalo Sabres Notebook: Dale Tallon OK After Boston Hospital Visit ... Panthers to Practice Outside at Central Park? ... Erik Gudbranson Staying with Cats, Not Off to Team Canada Jrs

TallonringBUFFALO -- General manager Dale Tallon didn't travel with the team to Buffalo after Thursday night's victory after visiting a Boston hospital on Thursday morning.

Tallon, 61, was not admitted and was resting at the team's hotel in Boston as of Friday.

Assistant general manager Mike Santos said Tallon was doing fine and could meet the team in New York for Sunday's game against the Rangers. 

() Goalie Jose Theodore took Friday off after stopping all 40 shots faced in Thursday's 2-0 shutout victory.

The game was Theodore's 600th in the NHL.

When asked what he received for playing in so many games, Theodore quipped “a tap on the back, a cup of coffee. That's it.''

() Rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson is expected to remain with the Panthers and not be loaned to the Canadian national team for the upcoming world junior tournament.

The 19-year-old played in his 23rd game with the Panthers on Friday and has played in nine consecutive games. 

“He's a member of the Florida Panthers and has earned that right from the first day of training camp,'' assistant coach Gord Murphy said.

“Obviously it was a tough decision. Playing for Team Canada is a big deal but he's played in it already. We just look at it that he's a member of our team and an important member of our team. We don't want to lose players for any reason, although this is a big honor. He's a valued member of our team and we need him.''

Hockeycab() If the Panthers practice on Saturday, they will do so in a outdoor setting. Florida has reserved ice at the Central Park Lasker Rink in Manhattan from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. 

Coach Kevin Dineen will not announce his decision to hold the informal workout until the team lands in New York early Saturday morning. The Maple Leafs held a light practice at the Donald Trump-run rink last Sunday.

“This seemed to be a much more romantic place to come and get back to your roots,” coach Ron Wilson told the Toronto Star. “Most of our guys, somewhere along the line, played hockey outdoors. This is a great opportunity.” 

For an update on the Panthers practice schedule, visit Twitter.com/OnFrozenPond or check back here.

() Dineen said before Thursday's game that he and his family considers themselves New Englanders after he spent a bulk of his career playing for the Hartford DineenwhaleWhalers and later coached the Portland, Maine, Pirates of the AHL. 

So beating the Bruins at the Garden on Thursday did take on some extra significance and meaning.

“At the end of the day,'' Dineen said, “it's always nice coming in here and getting a win. Whether I was wearing [Hartford] green-and-white or Pirate black-and-red into Providence, it's very enjoyable to me to beat these guys.''

() Mikael Samuelsson was not in the lineup Friday as Dineen said he would work him back in slowly. But not in the way he described Samuelsson's game on PorscheThursday in Boston: "He was more molasses than Porsche.''

Samuelsson was playing in his first game since Oct. 18 because of a groin injury stemming from last May's sports hernia surgery.

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