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FHN Today: Florida Panthers All-Star logo (and memories) revealed
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There was a lot of news coming out of Gary Bettman’s so-called ‘State of the NHL’ address on Wednesday afternoon including logos for upcoming events such as the 2023 All-Star Weekend hosted by the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers will play host to the All-Star Weekend come January with events throughout Broward County — most close to the water.
This will be the second All-Star Game held in Sunrise with this one coming 20 years after Dany Heatley of the Atlanta Thrashers lit up the Office Depot Center ice in 2003.
Enough 20-year-old references for ya?
How about Jay Bouwmeester, Niklas Hagman and Stephen Weiss being YoungStars that weekend with Roger Neilson as their coach?
Olli Jokinen was a replacement All-Star and scored the game-tying goal off a Jaromir Jagr pass with Jacques Martin — then of Ottawa — behind the bench.
Sheryl Crow and the Goo Goo Dolls were part of the in-arena entertainment. OK, I’m done.
Aside from Bettman talking money and more, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was played in Denver with the Avs taking it in overtime.
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STANLEY CUP FINAL
Andre Burakovsky is “kind of a wild-card player” and the 2018 Cup champ with the Capitals came up in a big way as he nets the game-winner as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Lightning in overtime.
— Forget the style points, the Avs winning was all that mattered.
— Sloppy and sluggish early on, the Lightning rally in Denver but end up losing in overtime.
— Look who is back: Brayden Point gives the Bolts an immediate jolt.
— The Lightning drew 7,200 to its watch party at Amalie — with a few Avs fans braving it.
It sounds like the Florida Panthers will have a new goal song next season.
What would you like to see — hear? — replace ‘Sweetness’ in Sunrise?
Hit the link to the free story and leave your suggestions in the comment section.
— We continue our look at what the Florida Panthers’ roster may look like next season as Wednesday we visited the future of Maxim Mamin in Sunrise.
— In case you missed it, we also looked at the futures of Jonathan Huberdeau and Eetu Luostarinen as well as others.
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— Would Sergei Bobrovsky be a fit with the Washington Capitals?
— MacKenzie Weegar talked about Game 2 against the Lightning — and cutting off his hair afterward.
— Here is my weekly visit to talk about the Panthers with Big O.
— Grigori Denisenko missed the second half of the season with the Charlotte Checkers and now we know why.
— The Panthers added to their organizational depth with the signings of Swedish defenseman Calle Sjalin and Finnish forward Anton Levtchi.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW & MORE
Bettman said NHL revenues are way up and we may see the salary cap really start to go up in two or three years.
The commish had a lot to talk about including that the Stanley Cup will not go to Russia nor Belarus this summer.
We may also get a World Cup of Hockey in 2024.
Opening Night around the NHL — save for an early opener in Europe — will be Oct. 11.
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Detroit Hockey Now: The Red Wings have contributed to the Lightning dynasty in a number of ways.
Montreal Hockey Now: What an extension for Cole Caufield would look like for the Montreal Canadiens.
Islanders Hockey Now: Could the Isles get Josh Anderson in a deal with the Canadiens?
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins are reportedly talking to five for their coaching vacancy.
The Miami Marlins’ trip to Philadelphia did not end well as the Phillies got a walk-off win for the second time in three days.
— Will Caleb Martin stay with the Heat?
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