Shocking. No one saw this one coming besides everyone in the front office apparently. It doesn’t seem that crazy in perspective considering the record this season so far after coming off of a division title last season compared to whats happened this season. There are a litany of injuries that you could chalk up as the reason for the current record (11-10-1). As of now, Tom Rowe, the guy who fired Gallant is taking his role as Interim Head Coach. Odd right? It’s a mess. We’re being called a laughing stock again and its making me hurt in a mental way. Vinnie Viola is getting torn to shreds for being a non hockey guy firing a hockey guy. Gallant by all accounts is a good guy according to everyone and my personal opinion included. I don’t hand those out all willy nilly. I seriously hope for the best for Gallant. Maybe he enjoys life as the 1st ever Head Coach of the Vegas Golden Knights? Lord knows according to a large large sentiment of Panthers and Hockey fans in general are hoping he “Coaches for Vegas and comes back and kicks Florida’s Ass!”Listen I liked the guy as HC too but I don’t share the exact same sentiment because i still want this team to win a cup so I’ll just hope he has a great season as the HC for Vegas and wins like a relatively large amount of cash playing the slots at Ceasars. The only other sentiment that’s being shared on the web is that the Islanders should fire Capuano to show accountability. It’s crazy because I have to have blind faith in an ex-military personnel to run a Hockey team but at some points during this season I have had moments thinking this team was just too damn talented to be where they were right now. Probably wont help immediately since the team liked Gallant and now there’s a growing sentiment that the players are disagreeing with management. So here’s to hoping we beat Chicago on Tuesday and some how trend upward and make a play off spot and hope these photos of Gerard Gallant waiting for a cab outside PNC won’t come back to haunt me Lane Kiffen style
Great win last night. Not gonna lie, 1st time of NHL it was awesome. Just Auston Matthews putting on a clinic to ease you back into the season. 2nd night, last night, however was just feistyness all over the league. Jussi getting into the digs. Rookie Shane Harper dropping the mitts. Ekblad getting a high stick to his adonis-like visage. Officiating not doing us any favors but we got the W in the end after Matheson makes his presences known game 1 of a 82+ game season by bulldozing a guy and feeding the puck to Barkov for the Game winning goal. Hockey is back and i hope to god it’s gonna be here till next summer.
Also to note, last night the Panthers honored Jose Fernandez. I still can’t believe he’s gone and his death i think will always be shocking to a lot of South Florida people but still a great classy move by the Panthers. Was only fitting that #16 gets the game winner on the night they honor another great #16
P.s: Those sweaters are hot. Look great on ice. The brand has evolved and it’s turning into a beaut on ice.
Atta boy Jags. If I’m gonna be completely honest I didn’t think Jagr was gonna win it. I had Pascal Dupuis winning it. The Masterton has usually been given to people who had to have a big career come back from performance or health issues. Last year Dubnyk was a journey men who finally came out looking like a steel cage in net. Before that was Dominic Moore who came back after an 18 month hiatus cause his wife passed away. These are guys that you wouldn’t expect to be a major player after some life event. But then again one of the things that affects us all seems to have little effect on Jagr and that’s aging. We don’t have to go through the list because you know all the facts. He’s old and better than half the league and for that, he definitely deserves the Masterton. Gonna be kinda weird though when he gets nominated for it again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, and the year after that because Father Time was undefeated until he met Jagr.
Other Noteworthy Votes
Ballots show that Barkov was 6th in votes for a Selkie. He’s coming close, like really close to winning a Selkie. He came second in for the Lady Byng ultimately losing out to Kopitar but soon enough Barkov is gonna have this Kopitar-esque season and come home with the Selkie and Byng trophy and if we’re luck enough a cup. If he played in an O6 team he would be a Canadian house hold name but because our market isn’t the most conventional, we’re just gonna have to contend with the fact that we have one of the most underrated centers in the game and I’m okay with that.
Also with some votes for Norris was our boys Ekblad and Brian Campbell. With all the talk about his free agency its a little hard to appreciate him in the moment, will he resign or not no one can really say but him and his wife but i appreciate his time while he’s here. Maybe if we get the deal with Yandle done we wont need him or maybe that and the salary cap jump can persuade him to stay in a place that’s close to winning a cup. Not to mention Florida has no state income tax so theres always that, Brian. Oh and as for Ekblad, he’s gonna win a Norris one day too. Im not asking him to be Bobby Orr and rattle off 8 consecutive Norris Trophies after his second year, but in the future people are going to be asking their young defencemen to be like Ekblad and have great hair and put up a shutdown defense performance from 19 year olds that look like their 30….oh and win a couple Norris trophys because he will finish his career with one.
Aside from that Gerard Gallant came in second to Barry Trotz for the Jack Adams. Can’t argue against Trotz much. Guy is loved by players and commanded the best team in the regular season. If the Caps didnt win the presidents trophy though, I think they all would’ve given it to Gallant. Guy took a team that was on the bottom two years ago to Atlantic Division Champs. Sure some teams in the east were bad, but you’d be a fool to not think Florida was good and Gallant was a big part in that.
I don’t know why i have a full blown infatuation with the guy but as I view his life vicariously through the glimpses of interviews, games, and social media i think i know now why that is. At first i thought it was a sexual thing. Like Holy shit, ed, you’ve been masturbating to women all these years and out of no where this kid from Ontario is making you go gay, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you’re 25 soon so you better figure out whats the deal. But that wasn’t it at all. Guy might be one of the youngest guys on the roster but he was born to lead and im almost sure that’s what draws me to him. Just a stern leader who leaves it all on the ice. the number 5 jersey from Lidstrom, also that being his favorite player, the Camo Panthers gear with Leonidas quotes. Picking out targets 100 ft away whether its with cold sniper bullet or a puck as he rips through an offense in the neutral zone. Guys just born to lead and inspire. Thats why im drawn to him. It has nothing to do with his Grizzled manly beard and jaw line or his cool head of hair. Or his probably large dick size that i think about from time to time…….
Now depending on how you look at this, this was either a great move or an awesome move. To have a victory song be about fucking a chick in the b-hole and then immediately in the vagina till theres a tan residue on your dick from shit and cum mixed together is either a power move or the grossest thing ever. Me personally i dont care for drake and Lil Wayne so truffle butter gets 2 thumbs down for me as the victory song. Now i dont want the panthers to bite The Blackhawk’s flow but their victory song being Old Thing Back Remix last year was maybe the hottest song ever. If someone can sneak that on to Tricky Nickys iPod and have it organically come on, thats totally allowed.