It took three seconds. I think every Panthers’ fan was feeling the same amount of frustration as the players were. Everyone in this franchise is frustrated right now.. from the towel boy on up to our new owners; whom by the way didn’t make too many friends inside the locker room when they released a “letter to the fans” some two weeks ago. The trade deadline has come and gone. What a BORING trade deadline it was. I know I was at work with my IPhone in hand refreshing my Hockeybuzz app every five minutes to see if there was a trade worth knowing about. Nothing good really happened. As usual, the Capitals went out and gathered about 100 new players to help them score even more goals. Although, the Caps lack goaltending at times and that is always their downfall… The Panthers did make a few trades.. sending away our two best d-men, Dennis Seidenberg and Jordan Leopold, away for picks and prospects. You can never argue with picks and prospects. The Panthers sure do have a lot of each. We acquired a few young defencemen and some big “tough guy”. Nothing to get excited about. I was totally expecting a trade involving Nathan Horton or Tomas Vokoun. I am convinced their high salaries are what kept them from be traded. I have been saying for the last three months that Weiss, Booth, Frolik and Kulikov are those who should stay. Maybe Reinprecht as a 3rd line center. Everyone else goes. Just my opinion of course. Tomas Vokoun deserves to be in the playoffs. He deserves a run at the cup. I sure hope he gets it soon…
Three seconds into tonight’s game against the Flyers, the gloves were off. Gregory Campbell and Ian Laperriere dropped the gloves, followed by Nick Tarnasky and Arron Asham (the two would fight for a second time later). But when David Booth dropped the gloves against Mike Richards, the man who nearly ended his career, it was on. The fight only lasted about four seconds, but the crowd roared, and the cats stormed out of the gate and destroyed the Flyers in the 2nd period. I was proud. Every Panthers fan was proud. This won won’t catapult us into the playoffs. It won’t win us the cup. But it made us proud. Some youngsters and the futures of the franchise shined tonight. Shawn Mattias played great. As did our future d-man Jason Garrisson, who got his first career NHL goal. Congratulations to him. In the end, it was all about pride. I am proud to be a Panthers fan. And hey, the season isn’t over yet!
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Written by Robert Uzzo