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That Damn Hockey Blog: Panthers Have More Control Than The U.S. Government

Florida has a new goalie! Many expected the Jacob Markstrom era to begin in Florida this season, but that will be put on hold for one year, as long-time Boston Bruin, and guy who took last year off, Tim Thomas, has signed a 1-year, $2.5 million deal, with a $3.75 million cap hit with the franchise.

After making the playoffs in the 2011-12 season, being knocked out by the New Jersey Devils in the first round in seven games, the Panthers ended up with the worst record in the National Hockey League last season, on the back of Markstrom, Scott Clemmensen and Jose Theodore.

All smiles now Timmy T

What does Tim Thomas bring to Florida? He joins Kris Versteeg (one) Brian Campbell (one) and Tomas Kopecky (two), as holders of Stanley Cup rings. However, Thomas is the only one with a Conn Smythe as playoff MVP. A two-time Vezina winner, one-time William M. Jennings trophy, and the first player since Bernie Parent to win the Stanley Cup, Vezina and Conn Smythe in the same season.

The resume is plentiful, but Thomas is 39 years old. He didn’t play anywhere last season, so whether or not he’ll even make it out the year is a gamble for the Panthers, especially considering they seem to be outside playoff contenders at best. Perhaps he’s bought in to provide tutelage for Markstrom, but the latter will more than likely end up in the AHL when Clemmensen returns from injury.

For those wondering, Florida play Thomas’ former team, the Boston Bruins (I don’t count the Islanders, even though he was on their roster, he never played a game for them, not even as backup) five times next season. Mark these dates on your hockey calendar!
October 17, 2013, November 7, 2013, January 28, 2014, March 4, 2014 and March 9, 2014

The media will be all over it, especially for the first game I feel. Even Bruins starter, and Thomas’ backup in Boston, Tuukka Rask, joked that it’s going to be a “media debacle”. Fun times to be had in Florida for the year ahead.


Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy League

Welcome to the Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy League, brought to you by Yahoo! Sports. The first week of matchups are now over, so here is a summary of what happened:

Thanks to the combined 36 points scored by San Jose trio Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski. DarkSideOfTheMoen defeated St. Mucus Ooze by a total of 8-3-2.
Even though @GoftheInternet was beaten in points by Hamilton Tigers, @GoftheInternet still managed a 9-2-2 victory thanks to Goalies Craig Anderson, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak.
It’s The Flying V! only lost in PIM in their 11-1-1 demolition of FistCity CaPs.
Powers Rangers got 25 points from the Powerplay in an 8-4-1 victory over the Quebec Nordiques.
Legs got a massive 102 PIM in an 8-3-3 defeat of GreatNessPerSonified.

After the first week of matchups, this is what the table looks like:

Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts Last Week Waiver Moves
1. It’s the Flying V! 11-1-1 .885 23 11-1-1 4 1
2. @GoftheInternet 9-2-2 .769 20 9-2-2 5
3. DarkSideOfTheMoen 8-3-2 .692 18 8-3-2 8 11
4. Legs 8-3-2 .692 18 8-3-2 2
5. Powers Rangers 8-4-1 .654 17 8-4-1 6 1
6. Quebec Nordiques 4-8-1 .346 9 4-8-1 1 1
7. St. Mucus Ooze 3-8-2 .308 8 3-8-2 9 2
8. GreatNessPerSonified 3-8-2 .308 8 3-8-2 7
9. Hamilton Tigers 2-9-2 .231 6 2-9-2 10 4
10. FistCity CaPs 1-11-1 .115 3 1-11-1 3

This week’s matchups:

DarkSideOfTheMoen vs. Legs
@GoftheInternet vs. It’s The Flying V!
St. Mucus Ooze vs. Hamilton Tigers
Powers Rangers vs. FistCity CaPs
GreatNessPerSonified vs. Quebec Nordiques


The Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy Draft Spectacular Event Festival

Welcome to the Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy Draft Spectacular. This season, Bored Hockey Fan celebrates it’s debut season, by competing in a ten-team Fantasy League over at Yahoo! Fantasy, between it’s columnists, and it’s fans.

The draft order went as follows:
(Draft Order-Team Name-Owner)

1: DarkSideOfTheMoen – ThatDamnDoubleC
2. St. Mucus Ooze – ThinkSoJoe
3. GreatNessPerSonified – GreatNessPerSonified
4. PowersRangers – Powers Rangers
5. @GoftheInternet – GoftheInternet
6. It’s The Flying V – ArmchairMVP
7. Hamilton Tigers – Al Creed
8. FistCity CaPs – Mackey Man
9. Legs – J
10. Quebec Nordiques – Patrick Roy

To view how thew draft went down, then continue on over the jump..


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