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Blog 242: An Exciting Year So Far

Monday, 01.31.2011 / 9:30 AM ET / Blogs
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Blog 242: An Exciting Year So Far
As we emerge from the NHL All-Star break, we have all seen what an exciting 2010-11 season it’s been thus far for your Florida Panthers. We’ve seen our share of incredible wins and tough losses, but the one thing that has remained constant is the incredible fan experience inside the BankAtlantic Center.

From the pregame excitement on the JetBlue Tarmac, to Stanley C. Panther, the Ice Dancers and the game presentation, to the incredible, fast-paced, live hockey action, there’s something for everyone during Cats home games at the BankAtlantic Center.

Of course, as General Partner of this franchise and a longtime fan, I’d certainly like to see us sitting comfortably in a playoff spot and competing for a Southeast Division title, just as our fans would.

But I do recognize that in General Manager Dale Tallon, we have a man with a specific plan for this team, and we are only in the first year of that blueprint. Let’s look at what Dale and his staff have done thus far.

Nearly every move they’ve made has had a positive impact on this organization. Whether it’s acquiring Dennis Wideman, Mike Santorelli or Marty Reasoner, signing Mike Weaver or Chris Higgins, encouraging the development of Evgeny Dadonov and Keaton Ellerby, or drafting four players that excelled at the World Junior Championship, there is plenty of substance to support our talk of “a plan” or “a blueprint.”

I know Dale, Assistant GM Mike Santos, Bill Torrey, and others are continuing to work to improve our franchise heading in to the Feb. 28 trade deadline, while also keeping an eye on the upcoming offseason.

Meanwhile, our organization continues to flourish in nearly every other area. Our average Panthers crowds at the BankAtlantic Center are at 91-percent capacity – aiding the exceptional fan experience and supporting our decision to lower the overall capacity to 17,040. Sponsorship revenues are up significantly from last year, and with more than 10,000 full season ticket equivalents, it’s clear we have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in the league.

From an entertainment standpoint, our diverse schedule of concerts and shows is second to none in the industry, and is further proof that the BankAtlantic Center is one of the premier venues of its kind in the world.

All told, it’s an exciting time to be involved with Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, but particularly as a Panthers fan. This team is headed for great things. Dale makes no secret of his goals: become a consistent playoff team and win a Stanley Cup. As a fan, that’s what I want to hear. Hopefully you do too.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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