Not here to argue about XXXtentacion. Some people liked him, some people didn’t. Some people thought he was a scum bag. I think universally for the most part people think he didn’t deserve to die. Do I know his music? Absolutely not. Do people like it? Absolutely. But If I find out the total funeral attendance for fucking XXXtentacion’s, who is on the thin grey line between people liking him and people blasting him on social media for his past, is more than the average attendance to a Florida Panthers hockey game in south Florida, I’m gonna flip.
What an achievement. This whole season I’ve been contemplating what the legacy of Jagr should be. After his slow start here I thought he should call it after this season. It feels like the Panthers keep him around just for some media and fan service. Everyday becomes some new achievement just because of his tenure playing how ever many games he’s had and where that places him, but when he finally closes the book on his career he’s probably going to be remembered as a Penguin, not a Panther. But now things kinda changed. Obviously over the past week he’s proves he could still contribute with 4 points in the past 2 games alone (yes I get its a very very tiny sample size), but now he moves into second all time in NHL points. The only one above him being Gretzky’s point total which definitely will never be touched. So now it’s almost as if Jagr is at the very top in NHL lore. He’s a guy that played through the eras and achieved such an insurmountable point total wearing a Panther jersey. Maybe he will be remembered only as a Penguin for winning those cups, but as of now he’s still playing, and as much as we seem to be running though quick sand, he’s not stopping. That alone is keeping the dream alive that we’ll one day soon, win the cup, and if Jagr’s name is engraved in the cup one more time, then his time as a Panther definitely will be a large part of his legacy.
P.s- Gretzky’s point total is so ridiculous. I have no idea when Jagr will stop, but if they legalize the use of HGH, then Jagr will break it one day.
Miami Herald – Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Secretary of the Army subject to Senate confirmation. Viola, a 1977 graduate of West Point, is the founder of Virtu Financial and bought the Panthers in 2013. Trump and Viola apparently met last week at Trump Tower in New York. “I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army,” Trump said in a statement. “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge. “He is a man of outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision, with an exceptional ability to motivate others. The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Vinnie Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army.” Viola, who founded the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says the nomination is a “great honor.” confirmed, I will work tirelessly to provide our president with the land force he will need to accomplish any mission in support of his National Defense Strategy,” Viola said in the release. “A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict. This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day.” According to the Florida Panthers, ownership of the team would remain in the Viola family pending confirmation. Doug Cifu, a partner of Viola’s with the Panthers as well as Virtu Financial, would become chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment. “Our hockey team has always been proud to be part of Mr. Viola’s legacy,” Florida’s Dale Tallon said. “We admire his dedication to his country and are excited to watch him pursue this new endeavor.” Panthers CEO and West Point graduate Matthew Caldwell: “We are honored and humbled to see Mr. Viola nominated as the Secretary of the Army. We could not be more proud for Vinnie and his dedication to our country.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpy
What a wacky month its been at FLApanthers HQ. Wacky year in general. Fire like 30 people, bring in a new staff, flip the team over to make them totally analytics based, fire the fan favorite coach, become old school hockey enemy number 1, and then have your owner become Secretary of the Army. It’s not crazy by any means given the military background Viola imposes on everything including this team, but just making this season more of a circus act than it already was is just crazy. Stability is something we’ve wanted for a long time and it felt like we had it by the end of last year and now it’s all up in the air again. Like we thought it was bad when Jeffrey Loria steps in mid season to fuck around with the Marlins. Well Vinnie Viola stepped in to mess around with the player personnel, and now President-elect Donald trump stuck his fingers into BB&T center and is messing around with Vinnie Viola. Some how this is gonna trickle down and effect with the players somehow. Wish we could hear Vinnie say he’s rejecting the offer because he’s 100% committed to this South Florida Hockey Franchise, but we just know he’s gonna jump to represent the Army any way possible. It’s like in the guy’s DNA. And who knows how things will change. Shouldn’t be to crazy I don’t think considering everyone in that organization front office is hand picked by Viola so the direction should still be the same but don’t be caught off guard if half the roster is sent to fight in the Syrian Civil War and combat ISIS.
What’s done is done. You can take what you want from this interview. Whether or not Rowe was sincere about Gallant. How it went down. How they would’ve done it differently. Me on the other hand? I’m picturing Gallant and Mike Kelly in a rental car driving from Fort Lauderdale Airport back to BB&T center to clear out their office. The GPS tells them to turn right. Gallant slowly veers right.
Mike Kelly: Gerard, what are you doing?
Gerard Gallant: The GPS says to turn right.
Mike Kelly: It means stay towards the right and go around the canal.
Gerard Gallant: Maybe it’s a shortcut, Mike. It knows where it’s going.
Mike Kelly: It can’t possibly mean that, there’s no road here!
Gerard Gallant: THE MACHINE KNOWS! STOP YELLING AT ME!
** Gerard proceeds to drive into a canal off of 595 **
Gerard Gallant: Everyone always wants new analytics. Everybody likes new corsi, new fenwicks. Hockey players will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business and Hockey are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake and getting you fired. And to me the choice is easy.
So yea this is how I’m dealing with this team currently. Molding the scenarios into a hit comedy TV series that’s been off TV for the past 4 years. Boston tonight. Panthers win 5-1.
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
Gallant met the media after the game. And then apparently was trapdoored. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this
Wild game. Never felt the should be rivalry really but tonight felt like they were playing some playoff level hockey at some points and it’s only game 3. First night for Reimer in net and despite the score being 4-3 lightning, the shot attempts were pretty much down to even on both sides and we’re not exactly playing a lottery team here. It’s potential Stanley Cup favorites we’re talking about and the Panthers could’ve had it end their way if the game was cut short 5 seconds. Had another chance to win it on an empty net earlier but like the previous 60 minutes, Panthers were a little bit too conservative with the puck and decided not to shoot. Tough luck but it’s over and we go back home to get ready for another juggernaut of an opponent in The Capitals.
Things to take away though, Colton Sceviour scored a short handed goal with a feed from D-Mac for his 2nd goal of the season. Trocheck tied us up in the third and Mike Matheson got his 1st NHL goal and really has been making his arrival in the NHL well known and is still learning to be better. Have high hopes on Matheson but so far we like what he brings to the table after the purge of some fan favorites in the D core.
Of course after that Matheson goal, Stamkos fucked us in the ass by literally burying one with FIVE seconds left. Five seconds away from being on top of The Atlantic and taking the 1st of the I-75 rivalry. What ever. More interestingly though, is young Vinnie Trocheck discovering what is essentially the NHL Overtime equivalent of the Tuck Rule during a little controversial call in a shootout goal.
Banana’s. No one in Florida thought that was a good goal besides Trocheck and who ever was in Toronto making that call. Did Trocheck fumble the puck in a shot attempt? Was Brady tucking the ball back in? Did Charles Woodson sack Trocheck? Sometimes it’s best to let things go their course with out getting in the way. More likely than not Trocheck was trying to swipe the puck in but lost control of it and should’ve ended the game right there. Especially wouldn’t matter since Tampa ended up winning after Ekblad failed in shoot out but who knows man. If Florida goes on to win that game it could’ve sparked some real hatred between the two clubs. Who knows Maybe Trocheck ends up leading this team to 4 rings over a 20 year dynasty reign.
H/T Stephanie @Myregularface and Pete @PeteBlackburn
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.
Now I know to the outsiders or casual footy fans this might not seem like such a crazy move. Soccer players are constantly doing things with their hair. Like NHL players its all natural but footballers just love to do things with it. Throw in the head band. Getting it dyed and spiked like Mario Balotelli. Getting tribal tattoo designs etched in on the side of their head. Its all standard at this point and yea Messi shouldn’t be treated any different. But the problem is Messi was always suppose to be different. He was suppose to be like one of those idiot savants. Growing up I always heard rumors that Messi was like a little bit autistic but was always a wizard with a ball and his feet. That’s what made him different. Now it looks like he’s trying to be a bit of the bad boy of soccer and it’s just not him. The tattoos, and dyed hair, the tax evasion. That’s just not things a soccer player with a complex brain development disorders do. Just doesn’t match him. I want him to be the quiet potentially autistic boy on the pitch dancing around with a soccer ball and win like i’m use to. The old school Messi.
P.s- I haven’t heard the same but I think the same about Pavel Datsyuk. Look at his picture head shape and face on for a solid 10 seconds and tell me he doesn’t scream idiot savant.
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.
Oh and we got a little sneak peak at the new jerseys in action via video game form. Guess what, I can tell he’s not a Soccer Player!