So I was watching the Bruins vs Isles game last night and one player stood out to me, that was Michael Grabner. So the Spoked-C texted me during the game and said “Grabner is f-ing sick.” So being the beacon of hockey knowledge that the Spoked one is, I asked him where the hell Grabner came from, and his response was “hahaha the Florida Panthers.” We shared a good laugh at how the Panthers might not only be the worst ownership in hockey, but in all of sports. Let’s take a look back at some of the great Florida Panther moments in the last year.
1. Panthers trade Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to the Boston Bruins for Dennis Wideman, the 15th pick in the 2010 Draft and a 3rd round pick in the 2011 Draft.
This trade might seem fair for those who do not know about the Bruins, or hockey in general because trading Dennis Wideman for a potential 35 goal scorer and a scrappy fourth line penalty killer is a horrible move for the Panthers. They traded one of their cornerstone players in Horton, for a player who had become the scapegoat for Bruins fans. There was not too many people hated more in Boston than Dennis Wideman after some of the mind-boggling plays he would make at the blue line. Fans were happy to see him go, and for what we got in return, the Panthers look like a clear sucker in this deal. Having Bryan McCabe and Dennis Wideman anchor your defense is just absolutely waiting for the worst case scenario to explode in your face. F-up number one for the Panthers
2. A letter to season ticket holders in middle of 2010 season saying how sorry they were and that big changes were coming.
When? How? They have done absolutely nothing to change their ways and once again find themselves on the outskirts of the playoff picture and leaving their season ticket holders questioning the “big changes” coming to the franchise. They are currently last in the Eastern conference with 70 points with 2 games to play. They are third worst in the NHL and do not show too many signs of turng this around like the ownership had promised. Here’s an idea, if you know you suck, dont send a letter to your loyal fans saying big changes are coming. Maybe send a letter saying, “Hey guys, sorry we suck, we’re working on it, check back in a few years.” That might go over better with the fans. F-up number two.
3. On October 5, 2010 the Florida Panthers put Michael Grabner on waivers in which he was immediately picked up by the Islanders.
Slow Clap for the Florida Panthers. They released a 23 year old Austrian native and then watched him to go on and score 33 goals while tallying 17 assists for the Isles. Granted the Islanders will not make the playoffs either, but their future looks a lot better with some budding young starts like John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, while also sustaining some savvy vets in Doug Weight and Ricky DiPietro. I can name about 3 people on the entire Panthers roster and two of them are Wideman and Byron Bitz. So basically what I am saying is go suck an egg Panthers because you f-ing blow. And I feel like every god damn time I get tickets to a B’s game they are playing Florida and I want to shoot myself in the dick.
Big thanks to the Spoked-C for all his help. Leo sucks……