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Jacques Martin talks Wade Belak

JacquesJust got done speaking with JM regarding the Wade Belak situation and here's what we got: JM has 30 days to decide what to do with Belak, and that includes sending him to Rochester.

I honestly don't see him doing that. Belak isn't a 22-year-old kid; he's a veteran with a family. But he could. JM says Wade is going to meet with Pete DeBoer in the morning to determine what's next. So, we'll just wait and see. I think Pete's going to tell him "scorers score, fighters need to fight'' and that's the end of it.

Here's what JM had to say:

"We put him on waivers and he cleared. He'll meet with Pete tomorrow. It basically doesn't change anything. We have 30 days , whether we want to send him to the American League or he gets back playing.''

Surprised he wasn't picked up?

"I think it's an indication a lot of teams are watching the dollars.''

Hesitant to send a veteran to Rochester?

"That's part of the human aspect. But as a team, we have a responsibility. You have to look at all the angles.''

Bigger move coming?

"I'm always trying to improve the team and I think when you look at our club, right now we have a stretch at home. We're 4-3 in seven home games and we have three big games.''

Deciding factor on Wade staying with Panthers?

"We don't have a lot of extra people around here. We'll see.''

Wakeup call for Belak and team?

"Definitely it's an indication that if we don't start winning, we could do other things.''

-- Forgot about the toy drive kicking off next month. Panthers are teaming up with the Marines and the Toys-for-Tots program. You can leave unwrapped toys at the front gates for the kiddies. Doesn't start until next month. Will post the game dates when I get them from the team. Again, another good cause. Appreciate all of you who help out.