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Peeke's Points: A New Era

Wednesday, 11.18.2009 / 9:43 AM ET / Blogs
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Peeke\'s Points: A New Era
Cliff Peeke, a Panther season ticket holder since Day One, is back blogging on FloridaPanthers.com for a third season, giving the point of view on the Cats from a serious, die-hard fan’s perspective in his own blog titled Peeke's Points (formerly YourBLOG).

A Michigan native who’s played hockey (admittedly average at best) most of his life, Cliff grew up watching Red Wings games at the old Olympia Stadium. His allegiance changed to the Panthers the moment it was announced South Florida would have a team.

Cliff has played in adult leagues at IncredibleIce and his oldest son (age 27) plays there as well. His youngest son (age 11) is a member of the Jr. Panthers ’98 Squirt Travel Team.

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This difficult “step forward (if that) – two steps back” start to this season has made it tough for me to write anything new. I easily could have dusted off one of my early season blogs from the previous three years and it would have applied once again to this year. The season was looking perilously close to being over way too prematurely once again. 

And what has made this even more difficult is that everyone knows that this is the type of team that must rely on 60 minutes of “no shift off” hockey. Yet we see extended minutes, even periods, where that occurs…and all too often. The season, so far, has been less than expected and promoted.

Thankfully, we had a two game winning streak before getting a point against the Kings and we can only hope that we can capture some Devil-like magic and keep extending it. And the tonic may have just arrived in the form of our new owners…Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel. Nothing like playing for new bosses, especially “hands-on” owners.

I’m excited about this. No intended knock on Alan Cohen. Heck, I was happy when he became the owner after Huizenga lost interest. Cohen was seen as a die-hard fan and would have a keen interest in the Panthers gaining prominence in the local sports community. But it didn’t happen.  The obsession with Keenan took years to recover…if we are even there yet. It’s tough, with this team, to forget about the past when there are so many ex-Panthers sprinkled throughout the league playing at above average levels. The other day, a headline on Yahoo Sports/NHL was a story about “GOALIES SET TO DUEL”…an article about the upcoming matchup of two ex-Panther goalies…Luongo and Anderson. Made me want to vomit.

But now we have something more finite…an ownership change. It’s very true in business and sports…it really does “start at the top”. And this ends a year of speculation…will it be OZ or some other public group or someone local. If what I read and hear is true, then we have new owners that will make a difference. A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE. And for this passionate Panther fan, I am looking forward to this NEW ERA.

To Cliff and Stu…I am so happy that we have new, solid, caring ownership. I wish you the best of success and luck. Go ahead and remove Murrray, Keenan, and Martin from all Rolodex in the offices. Hopefully, this new ownership will set a fire under some dormant skates and propel this team to a win streak that really gets notices around the league. Cliff and Stu….way to go !!!!

Like I said, I just didn’t know what to write about the last couple weeks…but I’m back now.  Please continue to communicate and note my email address cliff@olympiausfunding.com 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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