I went to the BB&T Center last night to watch the Florida Panthers play one of the NHL‘S most successful and entertaining franchises in the Edmonton Oilers.
For the first time since my days back in Los Angeles where some friend’s dad made us leave an L.A. Dodger game early, because that’s what angelenos do…..I left the game after the first two periods.
I never ever leave games early, but the performance of the Panthers and their opponents was boring, lackluster, non-entertaining, pitiful, and about one hundred more things I won;t waste mentioning.
I was a little bit surprised that resident pugilist Krys Barch was a healthy scratch again, leaving only Erik Gudbranson to handle any physical duties, and then the possibility of Scottie Upshall who always has his share of fisticuffs each season.
Edmonton had Ben Eager and Luke Gazdic in the line-up and they took advantage in period one of no one to police them from the Panther side. They were running around hitting everything in sight>
Coach Kevin Dineen was as hard nosed as they come during his illustrious career, and took a back step to nobody. Get in his way and he’d run you over
Why did Dineen not dress Barch?
Has Dineen lost the locker room somehow?
Does Dineen work better with the minor league players?
Dineen had a huge success developing young players in Portland, as the head coach of the Pirates squad.
The worst part of the Florida performance last night is that certain playewrs were floating around out there, and looked like they had no sense of urgency, or care in the world that their roster spot must be uncertain.
Dineen always gave his best as a player each and every night, and in turn asked for accountability of his teammates. Why do the Panthers have only some players that bring it night in and night out.
I was impressed by Gudbranson, Goc, and Upshall, and after we left it was Upshall who scored twice in period three to tie the game before losing in overtime.
A late night meeting was held by management to discuss the situation of the coach, and he seems to be safe for now, but new ownership will certainly not be too tolerant, as they just spent millions on purchasing the franchise.
I have met Mr. Dineen on many occasions and hope he is given the chance to right the ship