With no exhibition games and just a five-day training camp because of the lockout to prepare for the regular season, Wednesday night's intrasquad scrimmage at Saveology.com Iceplex featured the intensity of a regular-season game with several hungry players competing for potential roster spots.
Unfortunately, the play was a tad ragged as the split squads didn't give the fans much to cheer about in a scoreless scrimmage in which goaltenders Scott Clemmensen and Jose Theodore stood tall.
"A little Pompano Panthers, a little Florida Panthers,'' coach Kevin Dineen joked. "It was a mix, the intensity was [good], I think the legs got a little tuckered out. You see some guys returning that had some jump to them and some of the players making their first appearance gave the large group of fans something to be excited about.
"[The goalies] both look like they're ready to go.''
While Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon only applied a slight touchup to the roster this year, injuries sustained by players during the lockout to forwards Sean Bergenheim and Marcel Goc, as well as defenseman Erik Gudbranson, combined with the absence of unsigned blue-liner Dmitry Kulikov have created a few openings.
Panthers' scrimmage--lone tuneup before opener--intense but sloppy
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jan 17