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Morning Skate

CALGARY -- Not much to report here, it was your basic morning skate at the Saddledome. I gave you all the lineups in an earlier post, although Pete DeBoer has switched some things up today and Rostislav Olesz will be in tonight.

Craig Anderson in goal.

-- Mike Keenan is ready to break out his newest combo, Jarome Iginla with Todd Bertuzzi. Should be interesting to see. I, for one, think Todd's going to have a pretty good year here. Only saw him briefly, but he looks to be in great shape and will be given plenty of playing time under Keenan.

-- If you're in the mood for some Calgary hockey talk, check out Calgary's Fan 960 AM. They're going all day from the Saddledome, and will be broadcasting tonight's game live and in living color. Tell 'em George sent ya.

-- LIVE! from the Saddledome starting tonight around 7:30. So, you can listen to the game on 960 and get your running commentary from me right here. It's what we call a 'win-win' situation.

-- Top line is Stephen Weiss centering David Booooooth and Michael Frolik; Richard Zednik, originally slated to play tonight, was not at skate.

-- From the Panthers and Brian Goldman:


18 Days: Ville Peltonen

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers open up their 2008-09 season in 18 days when they head to Raleigh to take on their Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. Each day leading up to Opening Night, the Panthers will highlight a specific meaning to the number of days remaining until the start of the season.

18 – Ville Peltonen

Florida Panthers LW Ville Peltonen is in his third season with the Panthers after being recruited from Finland by Panthers GM Jacques Martin. Peltonen scored the 100th point of his NHL career on Oct. 26 last season. Peltonen brings an enormous amount of international experience to the Panthers. He has competed in 13 World Championships and three Olympic Games for his native country Finland.


  • The Panthers open up their preseason schedule tonight in Calgary when they face the Flames at 9p.m. EDT. Tonight’s game can be heard on Fan960 in Calgary by logging onto www.calgaryflames.com and www.nhl.com.

  • Tomorrow Florida heads to Edmonton for the first of two games in two nights against the Oilers. Both games begin at 9p.m. EDT. Thursday’s game will be televised on TSN in Canada.


  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Peter DeBoer on 790 The Ticket with Sid Rosenberg at 8:45 a.m.


  • Week of Sept. 21-27 – Stanley C. Panther and Panthers Ice Dancers to appear throughout South Florida handing out pocket schedules, Panthers paraphernalia, etc.

More Panthers' press releases right here!


SUNRISE –  The Florida Panthers announced today that the Florida Panthers Preseason Special is scheduled to premiere on FSN Florida Saturday, September 27 at 5:30pm and will  replay multiple times before the start of the regular 2008-09 NHL season.

Hosted by FSN Florida’s Frank Forte, the new half-hour show will focus on the continued growth of the Panthers’ top players like Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss, David Booth, Jay Bouwmeester and Rostislav Olesz.  This young core is the nucleus of the Panther squad which has made late runs at the playoffs for the past two seasons. Plus, the veteran presence of goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who returned to All-Star status in the 2007-08 NHL season, provides the Cats with the most important element of any successful hockey team - good play in the net. Panther fans will also get a preview of the new additions to the roster with a feature on Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton, Brian McCabe and Cory Stillman, who were all acquired in the off-season. Ballard, Boynton and McCabe are predicted to significantly upgrade the Panthers corps of defensemen.

FSN Florida’s Panthers play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein will speak with new Panthers Head Coach Peter DeBoer about his jump into the NHL after a successful career in Canadian junior hockey and hear his thoughts on guiding the Panthers.  In addition, Goldstein will be joined by FSN Florida’s Panthers color analyst and hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin to review the competition in the Eastern Conference and offer their thoughts for the upcoming season.