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Florida Panthers to Start 30th Celebrations in Miami-Dade



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MIAMI — The Florida Panthers will kick off their 30th season back where it all began (or at least close to it) as their first celebrations will begin in Miami-Dade County.

The Panthers spent their first five seasons playing at Miami Arena in Overtown and have rarely held official events south of the Broward County line since moving north.

That will change next month when the teams holds two fan events in the Miami area — the first in Little Havana and the second in northwest Hialeah.

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On Sept. 9, the Miami Marlins will celebrate 30 years of kinship with the Panthers as they play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Park.

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The Panthers will then hold a Vamos Gatos block party on Sept. 22 at Hialeah Trail Park off of I-75 just south of Miramar.

While the Panthers and Marlins usually have reciprocal events during their respective seasons, this one will include a special t-shirt to commemorate the two organizations being born in the same year and of the same ownership and management teams.

The Marlins and Panthers were started by the late H. Wayne Huizenga and shared the same inaugural year, the Broward billionaire eventually sold both teams by 2000.

As has been the case in past years with Anton Lundell and Matthew Tkachuk, at least one member of the Panthers will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Marlins say there will be “player appearances and an in-game takeover featuring Stanley C. Panther and Viktor E. Ratt.”

The ticket package sold through the Marlins includes a game ticket for the Marlins/Dodgers game as well as the t-shirt.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation.

The Marlins are in the midst of their 30th anniversary season and wear retro 1993-era uniforms on Friday home games.

The Panthers, who started a few months after the Marlins did in 1993, have no plans to bring back retro jerseys for the upcoming season.

The Vamos Gatos event in Hialeah is free to the public and will run from 6-8 p.m. with food trucks, giveaways, games, music and more.

Since the Panthers will have started training camp by then, players may appear as well.


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Was just thinking, after the Austin Matthew’s deal in Toronto, how absolutely gorgeous does the Tkachuk deal look? Seriously, Tkachuks contrat will only look better with age, as it is, it’s already top ten as far as value goes, but in years, say three and four, it will most likely be the best team friendly deal in the league. Plus the absolutely awesome unattended effect. (Or perhaps it was on purpose) Is the Matthew Tkachuk deal, that it Will act as sort of a bench mark. Meaning, other players on our team that will be coming up for a new… Read more »

Cats and Leafs

I agree that the Tkachuck deal looks like a bargain in anyone’s book, but I don’t believe his contract will have as much bearing on future Panther deals as you think, especially two or more years from now. Auston Matthew’s contract was comparable to the percentage cap hit as Nathan Mackinon’s. It was not compared to other Leaf’s. Star players on any team will do the same. If the cap rises as much as anticipated, there will be others that are not top five in the league that will supersede Tkachuck’s average salary, including on the Cats.


No, no, please re-read my post. I believe I plainly said other players. That will be coming out for a new deal in the next year or 2. I simply meant that it’s gonna act as a governor for the PENDING free agents. Of course. It won’t be the case 4 years from now. By then, the cap would be another 5 to 7 million more And market value will then be Completely different, But if you don’t think it’s gonna directly affect Sam reinharts upcoming deal. I think you’re absolutely wrong. And that sense. He and his agent can’t… Read more »

Cats and Leafs

Maybe we are saying the same thing. In the next year or two, the Tkachuck / Barkov AAV numbers won’t be exceeded by any Panther player getting a new contract. Beyond that time when the cap rises significantly, there could be inferior players on this team making as much or more.


I think rienhart signs for 3 years for 7.75

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