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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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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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