The best part of being a sports fan on the internet is becoming friends with other sports fans on the internet. I'm very lucky to have made friends with a very passionate Panthers fan. I know so many things about the Panthers! So many amazing wonderful terrible things! I didn't care about Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau as Gophers because university athletics were mostly things that got in my way while I was in school, but I have been convinced to care about them as Panthers. It's horrible. I didn't sign up for this.
The Panthers are actually a wonderful Eastern conference team to cheer for. They have an elite Finnish center, and Minnesotans, and the immortal Jaromir Jagr. They're also much less sad than the Wild are this year! Which is weird, but cool.
Anyway. The internet is amazing. The Florida Panthers are cool. I'm going to be at this game, and it might be a lot of feelings. Hopefully I'll survive to tell you all about it tomorrow.
Today's song goes out to my friend in Miami.
Wild report: Zach Parise back from injury; Chris Porter on waivers – Twin Cities I was reading twitter at work and seeing that everyone was healthy and accounted for was bewildering???
Chuck Fletcher says Wild should make playoffs ‘whether we add a player or not’ – Twin Cities Well, he sort of has to say that.
Wild creates room to make a deal - StarTribune.com *vibrates nervously*
Charley Walters: Scotty Bowman predicts Mike Yeo will ‘bounce back’ – Twin Cities But why should I care.
Off the Trail
Dale Tallon Loses His Chill, Makes Three Trades | The Sunshine Skate Today's opponents did some things yesterday, but I don't think any of their new pieces are expected to play against Minnesota? It looks like decent trades, not a catastrophe.
A career built on fighting takes its toll on a former enforcer - The Globe and Mail This is hard to read but worth your time.
Edmonton Oilers deal Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for draft pick | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Jultz is so easy to make fun of, but this probably makes sense for the Penguins.
James Reimer remembers ‘just the good times’ with Maple Leafs | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports This is a trade that happened.
Toronto Marlies sign Zamboni driver as backup goalie ... again | theScore.com I love stuff like this.
VIDEO: Puck somehow gets lodged behind Dan Girardi's visor | theScore.com Is this the most useful thing Dan Girardi has done in years?
NHL says Ilya Kovalchuk return ‘complicated’ but Devils hold rights | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports I feel like this would be a much bigger story if it wasn't happening at the same time as the trade deadline. Who knows what will happen.
High schooler sends team to state with fantastic OT goal (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Look! Minnesota in the national press!
Dennis Wideman ruling in two weeks; NHL investigating Flames | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports So this is up in the air for a while longer.
Rinne's resurgence helping sharpen Predators' teeth | theScore.com I really hate this.