Saturday, May 25, 2013

Team report: Florida Panthers II

Normally, we wouldn't make two trips in a shortened NHL season, especially within a month, for a team like the Florida Panthers. With injuries decimating its lineup, knocking out such players as Jose Theodore, Stephen Weiss and Ed Jovanovski, a certain "Wow!" factor was missing. Still, it was the final day of the season, at least down here in Hockey Bay, so we ended up making the ride to Tampa.

More than anything else, it allowed Colin to get in a hounding session with the Panthers. The Panthers have always been a great signing team. So, of course, he put his time to good use, racking up a pretty impressive team sheet and a nice 8x10 wallpaper from Jonathan Huberdeau, a Calder Trophy finalist.

All told, we added another 44 autographs to the collection.

Signing cards, shown above, were:

Top row: Brian Campbell, Tomas Fleischmann, Marcel Goc and Filip Kuba; and
Bottom row: Jakob Markstrom, Peter Mueller, Jack Skille and Scottie Upshall.

We even added a trio of pucks:

Signing were, from left, Nick Bjugstad, Huberdeau and Markstrom.

Next up: A duo of double-signed cards

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