Around the NHL in 30 Days: Florida Pity Cats

Florida Panthers have a new slogan this year, “We See Red.” There is no doubt in my mind the Cats will be seeing a ridiculous amount of red this season, especially on November 29th, December 18th, February 25th, March 11th, March 21st, and April 7th. Those six dates mean Florida players staring at the red padded arses of Skinner, Ruutu, and Staal as they skate away with the puck. The trio combined for 20 points against the Panthers last season. I could go on and on about how the Canes will help keep Florida at the bottom of the Southeast barrel, but the editor of The Rat Trick happens to be the NHL Director for FanSided. So…have a great season Frank…I’m sure it will be great. Ok, I’m going to turn the preview over to the boss…

A new slogan (We See Red), a new head coach (Kevin Dineen), and eleven new players give the fan base of the FloridaPanthers reason to believe that things will finally be different.  A complete house cleaning that began at the trade deadline in March, and continued into the off season, the Florida Panthers and general manager Dale Tallon are following through on their promise of change.  Change the attitude, change the culture, change the direction, and change the expectations of this franchise.   I have lived through the broken promises and empty threats of change in the past, and am here to tell you that this time it’s different.  It has to be.  This franchise has missed the post season 11 years running, and it needs to stop.  I’m not saying that this is the year, but I am saying that we’re close.

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