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HONORING THE PAST: Florida Panthers to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Season

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The Panthers plan on bringing back a few of their esteemed alumni during this 20th anniversary season.

At least five of these players will be honored during a game with the possibility -- so I've heard -- of bobbleheads in their likeness given away at whichever game is selected.

Since we know John Vanbiesbrouck and Pavel Bure are locks to be part of this, I'm wondering who else you think should be involved.

Scott Mellanby, Brian Skrudland and Paul Laus are names that came to my mind.

But what about players such as Ed Jovanovski (even though he is still active)? How about Olli Jokinen or Stephen Weiss?

I would like to see an Eddie Belfour night so he could decline to speak to reporters at the event. But that's just me being selfish.

Feel free to comment below with who you would like to see the Panthers should honor.


HONORING THE PAST: Florida Panthers to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Season

HONORING THE PAST: Florida Panthers to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Season

HONORING THE PAST: Florida Panthers to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Season

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Robert Svehla. Radek Dvorak.

Bobby Svehla for sure. Sign me up for Bure night. I'd like to see his number in the rafters too. Only 2.5 seasons, but man...they were something really special.

Yes, Robert Svehla would be good. I wouldn't mind seeing Olli again.

Ollie was not as well liked internally, but I liked him.

Weiss absolutely deserves it for what he gave this team.

No mention of Luongo??

How about a Doug MacLean night?

John Jakopin, Marcus Nilson, Lance Pitlick, Richard Shmulstra and Steve Washburn. Perfect!!!!!

Chris Wells Night anyone?

Absolutely agree on Robert Svehla & Bure. Would like to see Ray Whitney night when Dallas comes to town. He was great. Johan Garpenlov would be good.

Roger Neilson made the Panthers competitive every night from the get go. Even if you didn't like his grab and hold style of coaching--he made 2-1 games exciting. Was there anything better than Paul Laus dropping the gloves and the "I fought the Law" music starting. Beezers mask. A Mellanby "rattrick". Svehla was rock solid. Bure was exciting, wish he played defense once in a while.

The team should honor guys that actually accomplished something, regardless of their lack of talent on paper. Bill Lindsay, Brian Skrudland, Mike Hough, Tom Fitzgerald, Dave Lowry, Gord Murphy, Rhett Warrener, Jason Woolley, Robert Svehla, Rob Niedermayer...you get where I'm going with this. The '96 team.

I think both posts above make some good points, a tribute to Roger Neilson would be nice or a tribute to the blue collar Panthers and coaches that went to the Stanley Cup final but came up short. Bring in all the players from that team and have a video collage on the new HD scoreboard. I remember when they beat Pittsburgh and Mario said after the game that the Panthers were the "toughest team I ever played against," would be nice to find that footage for it.

David Nemirovsky, Petr Taticek, Denis Shvidki and Vaclav Nedorost!

Don't forget Stu Barnes.

If they are giving away bobble heads for the popular players of the past, why not a special promo for the least liked Panther personality?

My vote is for a Mike Keenan punching bag night night, with a complimentary Roberto Luongo glove to hit it with.

Reports surfacing that free-agent Mikhail Grabovski has narrowed his preferred destinations down to 3 teams; Flames, Sabres and The Cats.

His signing would make up for all the inactivity so far! Would fit in nicely centering one of the top two lines (Barkov the other)and would make us even stronger down the middle. Give him what he wants Dale!!

A Rick Dudley Bobblehead with real hair in a comb-over would be great.

I don't see Florida spending the money on Grabovski. I think Tallon is handcuffed for now. I wouldn't have paid Weiss 5 million per but I don't think Tallon will have 4 million at his disposal for Grabovski. I think it will take atleast that much to sign him. I also wonder what they expected Mueller would have been awarded in arbitration to forego qualifying him. He has a decent comeback season but is he worth more than 2.5 million ... I don't think so. Skille as well, hands of stone but he can play effectively on the 3rd or 4th. Point is, if they weren't going to tender any of these guys, I don't think ownership wants to spend 4 million plus for Grabovski or anyone. It would be nice though, someone atleast somewhat proven down the middle to replace Weiss. Gonna be a tough year again, albeit not as bad as last season. Cannot possibly be without that many decent veteran players all season. I hope.

No mention of Neidermayer from anyone?

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