Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Florida Panthers Warming Up

After 9 long years of missed opportunities, you have to wonder what's next? Has Karma caught up, has she left? That is the question of many players and fans of the Florida Panthers.

This 2010-2011 pre-season has to feel a little different for the Florida Panthers. The BUZZ in South Florida is on fire with Sport, Music and Media heading the headlines around the world. "Miami is that city to be in" said Lebron James during a recent interview. So how to keep it hot? "Play your game" he said.

Florida Panthers open the season on the west coast with Edmonton / Vancouver / Calgary and return to Florida to face Tampa Bay to wrap the first week. Advantage to Florida; playing 3 west coast games could put the team at better odds of winning FRESH and avoiding a slow start. Last years 2009-2010 netted 1 win over Chicago and giving up 4 in a row to a slow start to a season of catch up. Starting with momentum and never backing off the throttle would be the best scenario.

Could that happen? With the addition to size on D should change the game in the neutral ice and open up more opportunities to the Florida Panthers.

GM Dave Tallon has been playing his game by bringing in history to the family with the addition of Brian Skrudaland and Gord Murphy both played in the 1996 Stanley Cup with Florida Panthers. The addition of former players to operations staff shows long term commitment on part of Dave Tallon as GM. Also with a bigger, newer rooster Florida is in the position to be a contender in the East
Fans are already buzzing the net to what’s next? Rookie Camp followed by Training camp in September.

Countdown clocks at 80 some days and counting until the puck drops.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

SuperHab to take his talents to South Beach and Super Fan the Florida Panthers

Even before LeBron James officially announced he was "going to take my talents to South Beach," the Florida Panthers were trying to appeal to fans' excitement about the prospect of James joining the Heat.

The team announced a "Seats Fit For A King" ticket promotion -- a limited offer of lower bowl Panthers season tickets at BankAtlantic Center for $23 a game -- for James' original NBA jersey number -- and upper level ones for $6 a game -- for James' most recent jersey number. The promotion available by calling 954-835-PUCK runs until 5 p.m. Monday.

“Based on the hype surrounding rumors of a new King headed to South Florida, we wanted to remind our fans that we want them to feel like royalty,” Panthers President Michael Yormark said in a statement. “Certainly, it’s an exciting time to be part of the South Florida sports industry and we’d like our fans and our staff to embrace it.” SARA TALALY

Jeof Christnagel
Well it worked. After months of thought, many emails, disses and goalie drama; I have "LeBroned" the Montreal Canadiens and I am now rallying with the Florida Panthers and currently restructuring my fanship code of ethics for the next season.

October will bring new perspective on the game for me and my children. Open practices and special invites from the organization. I am a Florida resident and have had my license reissued twice, this time in Miami*. Seeing the game with clear view will be the reward for me. Montreal has made me strong as I did them as a fan.

Thank you to so many friends, ANNAKIN, NICK, GARY, AMANDA, LOUIE, KEVIN, KEVIN, KEVIN, ROBBIE, MIKEY, OSKY, BILLIE, NICK, CJLO, CJAD, TEAM990, The Franchise, and thousands more in the Twitter Seats I sat at in so many game listening to CJAD and refreshing my phone. Thank you.

SuperHab July 2008 - July 2010

A clip of the Love from The Franchise!

Gary Whittaker said it best via (fb): Day 3 without internet at home. Do you remember when reading day old information in a newspaper was considered "current" news?

my thoughts
Yes for 18 years I watched seasons on Box Score in the Detroit News and the rare game on CBC, the best is when I saw the Montreal Canadiens in London when I was an Airman early 90's.

The best is yet to come and I hope to be in the crowd as a fan for my *NEW home town.