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Slow News Day ... Optional Skate, Option to Rochester

Onfrozennews TORONTO -- The Panthers didn't do much today, save for hold an optional skate in Amherst, N.Y.

Was told a lot of guys were not going to be there so I skipped too.

So, the Richard Zednik circus waits another day.

-- The Panthers made one move today, sending Keaton Ellerby back down the road to Rochester. That doesn't mean he wouldn't be back tomorrow. It just means Rochester is really close to Buffalo.

-- Sat with Ellerby and Rostislav Olesz last night in the press box at the Igloo.

Olesz usually goes for the press box popcorn, but last night he threw me a curve and went strong with the Goldfish crackers. Ellerby did right by going for the corn. Neither guy lost, however. The popcorn vs. Goldfish crackers debate rages on yet another day.

-- On a separate note, thanks to everyone for their nice e-mails today. It's been a rough day for not only the folks at The Miami Herald but in our industry as a whole. But today is especially sad for us. Losing some good, good people. Co-workers, yes. Friends, absolutely. Hopefully things get better for us before they get any worse. I don't know what else I can say about this other than today absolutely sucks. I wish it was different.

-- Also, congratulations are in store for my good friend Louise Crocco. After 40 years as a coach and administrator at Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, coach Crocco is retiring. She told me this morning it's just time, time to relax and enjoy that house in North Carolina a little more. Good for her. Few people in Florida -- or in the country -- have done more to promote women's athletics than coach Crocco. She will be missed.