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Horton Out With Broken Leg

via the Twitter of Jonas Siegel,

Nathan Horton out four weeks with a broken leg according to Pete Deboer.

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Nathan Horton Finally Grasps The Game

from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,

How many NHL coaches does it take to turn on a light bulb?

In this case, none.

“I wish I could tell you that I did, that I figured it out, because then I could have a job for life in any sport I wanted,” Pete DeBoer says.

No, sometimes, the light just goes on, even if the athlete it illuminates remains in the dark about that occurrence.

“I think it has for him,” DeBoer says.

Just in time.

You see, this is the time of year when I traditionally write a “Nathan Horton is underachieving” column, devoting ample space to Horton’s aversion to shooting and inconsistency of effort.

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Panthers Don’t Feel Pressure To Make The Playoffs

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2000, a postseason drought that could tie an NHL record if the team fails to advance once more this season.

Some might think that pressure weighs heavily on the players and coaches.

For others?

“Listen, we have nothing to lose here,’’ defenseman Keith Ballard said. “No one expects us to be in the playoffs because we haven’t been in the playoffs in forever. I haven’t been there, a lot of guys in this room haven’t been there. Let’s just leave it out there. We don’t need to be in the playoffs today or tomorrow. We just need to be there after Game 82.”

Coach Pete DeBoer said the current crop of Panthers shouldn’t have to be completely linked to the failures of the past.

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David Booth’s Return Is Uncertain

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers have been saying that injured winger David Booth is expected to return to the lineup sometime this month.

Coach Pete DeBoer on Saturday added some doubt to that timeline, saying that it’s possible Booth could be done for the season.

Booth, who led the team in goals last season, was knocked unconscious by Philadelphia captain Mike Richards in a brutal open-ice hit on Oct. 24. Booth sustained a major concussion and has resumed skating and working out. But DeBoer said Booth’s return is an uncertainty.

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Panthers Still Angry About Ricards Hit

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

How does David Booth feel toward Flyers center Mike Richards, who dealt him the concussion that’s caused him to sit out two months and at least three more weeks?

“Uh…yeah, I mean, that’s…you know…uh…there’s…uh…I don’t know. I can’t say anything,” Booth said, unable to muster more in a span of 15 seconds.

Is Booth angry?

“Yeah I’m angry. How could you not be angry? Everyone would be angry.”

The Florida Panthers will play the Flyers on Monday night for the first time since Richards drove his left shoulder into Booth’s head at full speed on Oct. 24, a hit that dropped Booth flat on his face on the Wachovia Center ice and sent him to the hospital.

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Evening Line

“To get the fans back they have to play well and to me, I like to go and see some superstars. I’m not a big fan of golf but when I know Tiger Woods is playing I’m going to watch him. I like Dwayne Wade because it’s attractive to have a superstar because a superstar gives you something other people can’t.’‘

“I love the breakaways, penalty shots, the shootouts.  That’s what they did in the World Cup and we should do in the playoffs, too, instead of playing until 3 a.m. Even if it’s 0-0, people get excited for the shootout.’‘

-Pavel Bure on the Panthers and the shootout.  More from Harvey Fialkov at the Sun-Sentinel.

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When Panthers Collide

Word is Gregory Campbell is OK, just a little dazed from the hit.

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Afternoon Line

“I saw it on tape, and it looks awful. The sad part is people see this, little kids see it, and they think maybe that’s the way professional guys act. It’s not something I’ve ever done, and it’s not something I’ll do again. I’m terribly sorry.”

-Keith Ballard of the Florida Panthers on the Vokoun incident.  More from Keith by Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel.

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Afternoon Line

via Reid Cherner & Tom Weir of Game On Blog at USA TODAY,

If Ballard’s swing had felled an opponent, the call would be out to have him banned for the season. Just because his stupidity hurt only a teammate is no reason to go lightly on his punishment. He needs at least a couple of weeks off the ice.

added 12:42pm, from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Yes, what Ballard did was stupid. But it’s a stupid action that’s commonly done in frustration and accepted as the norm in the NHL.

But it’s easy to be almighty and righteous and pile on Ballard—Hey, who’d be stupid enough to smack his own goalie, right? It’s also unfair.

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added 1:10pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Suppose an NHL player wound up and took a two-handed swing with his hockey stick, baseball-style, which connected with another player squarely in the face.

Suppose that injured player received a laceration on the ear and was forced to leave the game on a stretcher.

What would be the penalty?

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Reaction To The Ballard ‘Swing’

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Ballard didn’t talk to the media after tonight’s game, which is understandable considering what he went through with accidentally smacking goalie Tomas Vokoun in the head with his stick and then having the winning Thrashers’ goal score on a shot off his stick.

I feel bad for him personally.

Yes, what he did was stupid, and unneccessary. But I see players smashing their sticks on the crossbar or post after a goal or after a loss all the time. It’s as common in hockey as fighting.

That said, I wonder if players around the league will think twice now before doing it. Bryan Allen said after the game: “I’ve done the same thing—break a stick on the post—and I didn’t even think twice. Obviously I won’t do it again. I’m sure he won’t either.

I give Ballard credit for coming back and playing. If it was me and I had skated off the ice in shock and horror at what happened, I’m not sure I could have come back on the ice again that night.

Everyone was supportive of Ballard concerning the incident.

more and if you miseed the video, watch it here...

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