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Turning ‘Northerners’ Into Panthers Fans

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

During an early intermission Wednesday night, it looked like BankAtlantic Center was being invaded by the Rangers as fans dressed in New York blue streamed down the aisles to their seats.

Before Monday’s game against Pittsburgh, Stu Siegel and Cliff Viner, the Panthers’ new owners, greeted fans walking into the arena—making sure to also introduce themselves to fans wearing Penguins gear.

With all the transplanted northerners as well as snowbirds making South Florida their winter home, Siegel and Viner know there are hockey fans in the region. And they want to convert them into Panthers fans and have them return to the arena—even when their hometown teams aren’t there.

``I think we have an under-marketed asset, with all the hockey fans down here,’’ said Siegel, originally an Islanders fan from New York. ``We have all these people from Canada, Michigan, Philadelphia, New York down here. But they’re not Panthers fans. We haven’t given people enough to cheer for, except for 1996 and the excitement of a new team. That’s worn off.’‘

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Breaking Down The Panthers 3rd Sweater

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

So who gets the blame? The Panthers, sure. But a lot of that blame has to go on Reebok. They are the ones, I’ve been told, who did most of the designing. Of course, these are the same folks who thought it was cool to put ‘AFC East’ on all of the Dolphins (and Jets and Patriots, etc) sideline apparel.

Some Panthers jackets simply have Eastern (as in Conference, not the defunct airline) on the back. Like that means anything to anyone but them.

The Reebok people aren’t real hip to what looks good. So it’s not surprising that Reebok (it’s not RBK anymore right? No.) came up with this plain look. The jersey we saw in March looked fake, unfinished. No way this was what they were going to unveil.

Yet that’s what they rolled out. No wonder the Panthers kept it a secret and didn’t have a big photo shoot beforehand. They wanted to bring it out and move on.

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Cory Stillman Out With Knee Injury

via George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The one negative out of Florida’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Red Wings on Friday was that Stillman—who had goals in six of eight games coming in—sustained a left knee injury. Stillman was driven into the boards midway through the second period, and coach Pete DeBoer said he will be out for some time.

 

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Possible 3rd Jersey For Panthers

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

So many of you have been asking to see what these new third jerseys look like, well, this is pretty close.

I think.

The team has done a good job of being secretive about these jerseys and this is what I would call an ‘‘artists’’ rendition*.

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Evening Line

Booth has struggled this season, but watching the camp and also watching David Booth I could argue that he is the best pure “sniper” the Americans have and his slow start is a testament to this. Snipers are by their nature streaky players. Right now he is ice cold, but if Booth gets hot at the right time you would probably want him on your top unit. Booth is the Joey Mullen of this group.

-Dwayne (Eklund) in his Team USA outlook today.  Dwayne has David Booth on the taxi-squad (there isn’t one) and by his remarks, is oblivious to the fact that Booth has been out with a concussion since October 28th.

Not the first time Dwayne has showed his lack of hockey knowledge and won’t be the last. 

added 8:02pm, Craig Custance of the Sporting News spoke with Booth recently.  You have to feel for the guy and let’s hope the NHL does something about the hits to the head.

added 11/20/09 7:36am, Well what do you know, Dwayne changed his post without mentioning any correction.  This folks, is how he deceives people…

Booth has struggled this season, but watching the camp and also watching David Booth I could argue that he is the best pure “sniper” the Americans have and his slow start is a testament to this. Snipers are by their nature streaky players. Prior to his injury he was Ice cold, but if Booth gets healthy and can get hot at the right time you would probably want him on your top unit. Booth is the Joey Mullen of this group.

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Booth Stops All Workouts

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said it was a “mutual decision” between him and injured winger David Booth (concussion) not to have Booth travel on this three-game trip, which includes a stop in his hometown for Friday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

DeBoer said it was made because Booth has suffered a setback in his rehab after increasing the intensity of his exercise last week. For now, he has stopped exercising.

“We’ve kind of taken our foot off the gas and given him a few days off before we look to go back at it again,” DeBoer said. “But that’s anticipated. We knew going through this process there was going to be good days and bad. You just have to take them in stride.”

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All Stu Siegel

from Greg Wy of PuckDaddy,

As he and (Cliff) Viner take over the Panthers as co-general partners, Siegel spoke with us about the Panthers getting the Phoenix label; whether he plans on selling the franchise; winning fans on and off the ice; whether Florida needs a star player to succeed; and a peek into his life as a hockey fan.

But first, we wanted to know if Siegel regretted labeling their taking over the Panthers as a sign of mental instability.

Q. Now that the quote’s been picked up everywhere, do you regret telling the Sun-Sentinel that “we’re the only crazy ones that would do this” in taking over the Panthers?

SIEGEL: [Laughs] You know, it was taken a little out of context. I was trying to say that, you know, Cliff and myself are huge Panthers fans and hockey fans. We want to be accessible to the fans and all the constituents. That we want to cheer with them when things are good, we want to cry with them when things are bad.

The crazy thing was that we’re crazy about this and crazy about hockey.

If someone says, “Florida is another Phoenix,” what do you say to that?

Absolutely not. It’s not even a good comparison at all.

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Booth Not Close To Playing

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The only news out of practice this morning: Coach Pete DeBoer said winger David Booth (concussion) is “weeks away from playing.”

The Panthers have taken great caution to bring Booth along slowly since he suffered his first-ever concussion Oct. 24 in Philadelphia. He has started exercising lightly, but has yet to start skating.

I feel bad for Booth because the Panthers will play the Red Wings on Friday in his hometown of Detroit and once again Booth won’t be able to play because of injury. He missed the teams’ matchup in Motor City two years ago because he was hurt, though he did make the trip so he could at least be there.

DeBoer said there’s a chance he’ll go along with the Panthers this time, too. Personally, I think it’ll happen. Plus, it’d be good for his morale to be around his teammates a bit.

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Building A Winning Culture In South Florida

from Sarah Talalay of the Sun-Sentinel,

The two Boca Raton businessmen taking control of the Florida Panthers said Friday they plan to bring a wininng culture, accountability and strong leadership to a hockey team that has lacked those qualities for years.

In their first public comments since Alan Cohen agreed to cede majority ownership, Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel said they have opened lines of communication between the team’s business and hockey operations. They promise to be accessible to team employees and fans and to create a stronger relationship with Broward County, Sunrise and other South Florida officials.

“I think it starts from the top,” said Siegel, who oversees the Panthers Foundation and works regularly in his BankAtlantic Center office. “As much as we like to think we’ve been the ultimate professional organization, I think that in some ways from a leadership standpoint we may have failed in that.”

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Panthers Goaltender Clemmensen Points Finger At Defensemen

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

After allowing seven goals in Saturday’s loss to the Capitals in Washington, D.C., including five in a third period he described as “like quicksand out there,” Clemmensen said his teammates didn’t protect the front of the net well.

When the puck got there, he added, there was such a scramble by the Panthers that “it looked like a fire drill.”

Coach Pete DeBoer’s response Sunday: “I understand where a goaltender who has let in [12] goals in his last two starts would be frustrated, but it’s misdirected.

“When things aren’t going well, I think it’s important we all self-reflect and see what we can do better in order to help the situation. I don’t think finger-pointing is real productive at this point.”

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