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Now What Florida?

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

How do the Panthers get back? They have two games left and really need some help to make the playoffs. Montreal needs one point to finish in front of the Panthers. Yeah, the Habs are in trouble. But don’t you think they probably at least pick up one point in their final two games? How about the Rangers? All they have to do is win one of their final two games.

Can’t blame missing the playoffs on losing to the Flyers. You can, however, blame it on the loss in Buffalo. The two on Long Island to a vastly inferior team. The back-to-backs against Tampa after Christmas. The third period collapse to Columbus.

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The Battling Crosby

Sidney Crosby and Keith Ballard go at it today after Ballard delivered a hip check to Evgeni Malkin.  Both received five for fighting and Crosby also had two added for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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How The Panthers Make The Playoffs

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Rangers have three games left and 89 points; Florida has four games left and 87. Florida has to be one point ahead of New York by the end of next Sunday’s Rangers-Flyers game from the Spectrum.

—IF Florida goes 3-0-1 (94 points), Rangers can only go 2-1-0 (93). New York at 2-0-1 knocks out the Panthers.

—IF Florida goes 3-1-0/2-0-2 (93 points), Rangers can go 1-0-2 (93) and make it. A record of 0-0-3 or 1-2 would not cut it.

—IF Florida goes 2-2-0 (91 points), good luck. Rangers would have to go 0-2-1 (90) for Florida to beat them out.

—How about 1-0-3 Mr. Richards? Well that’s 92 points. Rangers could go 0-0-3 and make it in. And they would still have one more win to win the tiebreaker. So, Florida could still get in the playoffs with one win in these final four, but they would need three overtime losses and New York to go 0-1-2 or worse.

more on the Panthers…

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The Jacques Martin Talk

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Our good friends from Canada continue to speculate that Jacques Martin is in danger of losing his job as general manager of the Florida Panthers.

Their theory: Owner Alan Cohen is upset that JM the GM didn’t get anything good for Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline. Because of that, if the Panthers don’t make the playoffs, Florida could be looking for a new GM.

Baloney.

continued and the Martin topic was brought up during the Hot Stove segment of HNIC tonight.

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Florida With A Bad Loss

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Atlanta Thrashers all but ended the Panthers’ playoff hopes with a win in Sunrise last March. They might have just put the kibosh on Florida’s postseason chances again Friday night.

The Panthers failed in their bid to pull into a tie for eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, as they suffered a potentially devastating 3-1 loss to Atlanta at BankAtlantic Center.

‘‘It’s definitely discouraging,’’ goalie Craig Anderson said. ``At the same time, there are four games left. We can’t dwell on this one.’‘

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It’s All About The ‘Shake’

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

His portable lab, which goes everywhere Panthers players do, is a trunk about three feet high and two feet wide—with wheels.

That helps because it’s heavy.

Andy O’Brien, the team’s strength and conditioning coach, keeps everything inside the trunk he needs to make his super shakes—different types of proteins, carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins and herbal supplements in abundant supply.

When he’s done mixing, usually with water and/or Gatorade—the latter adds electrolytes and improves the taste—players have funky-colored concoctions to drink, usually after games and practices.

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Ott On Campbell

Bob McKenzie of TSN was just on NHL Live and didn’t like the hit Steve Ott delivered on Gregory Campbell this past Saturday.  Nothing from the NHL yet on the hit.

What do you think?

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Florida GM Still Believes In The Panthers

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

General manager Jacques Martin said Thursday night that he has no regrets in deciding to keep pending free agent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline. Since Martin’s decision, neither Bouwmeester nor the team has played very well.

Bouwmeester has a goal and two assists in his past 11 games.

‘‘It’s not just Jay; since the trade deadline, our team hasn’t played as well,’’ Martin said before Thursday’s victory. ``When you make a decision, you have to be confident in it. And I am. I like this group of players. I still believe in this group, still feel confident we can achieve our goals and make the playoffs.’‘

more on the Panthers…

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Panthers Feel The Pain After Losing To The Sabres

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Not going to get into the whole thing about what happened tonight, anyone who watched or looked at the scoresheet can figure that out. This was a devastating loss for the Panthers, although the wings in the locker room smelled so good a few guys seemed to get over it real quick.

And I’ve never seen the scratched players escape a postgame locker room as fast as tonight’s trio of guys did. And I sure don’t blame them.

Speaking of blame, coach Pete DeBoer had plenty for goalie Tomas Vokoun, even though a couple of those goals were flukey. But the one that tied it sure wasn’t.

continued and watch the game highlights below…

added 3/26/09 at 8:21am, Watch the Horton hit on Afinogenov below too…

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Panthers Trying To Create Sponsorship Market

from Jeremy Mullman of AdAge,

The National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers may be a sports franchise, but the team’s ownership is increasingly behaving like a media conglomerate in its efforts to woo and retain sponsors amid a tough sports-business environment.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Panthers and their arena, has taken over the team’s radio and TV-broadcast sales, set up shop in social-media hubs such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and even upgraded digital signage around the Bank Atlantic Center in an attempt to create a one-stop shopping portal for sponsors.

The SSE Media Network, which formally launched this month, comes at a time when sports teams are struggling with cutbacks from major sponsors—such as automakers and financial institutions—creating intense competition for those that are still able to spend. In that climate, SSE is betting that the combination of increased impressions via the new platforms and one-stop shopping will give it an advantage over less-integrated competitors.

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