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Panthers Aiming to Spook Bruins?

March 2, 2015 | by David Harrison | Comments (0)
Roberto Luongo continues to be a Twitter master for the Florida Panthers.
Roberto Luongo is one of several Panthers who have periodically enjoyed success against Boston. (Vancouversun.com)

Whether by coincidence or by design, the Florida Panthers are putting together a team full of players who hold bad memories for the Boston Bruins. With the two teams battling it out for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and little to choose between them in the betting, there is all to play for in the last few weeks of the regular season. As ever, qualification for the playoffs will come down to fine margins and, with some of the signings that the Panthers have made in recent seasons, they will be hoping to hold the psychological edge over the Bruins.

Holding a Grudge

The Panthers’ most recent trade acquisition, for example — Jaromir Jagr – who arrived in exchange for a second round pick and a conditional third rounder from the New Jersey Devils, was once touted as a great hope for the Bruins. Having been dealt to Boston in April 2013 in exchange for two prospects and a draft pick, Jagr was part of the team which reached the Stanley Cup final, but the Czech legend didn’t live up to his billing as he failed to score a single goal in 22 postseason games. He was released just over two months after being traded to Boston. As a future Hall of Famer, this snub will have hit Jagr hard and he will be desperate to prove to his former employers just what they missed out on. On Sunday — in just his second game with Florida — he potted his first goal, the 717th of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth place all-time (see video below).

Disgruntled

In addition to Jagr, the Panthers roster also includes former Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton who was so disgruntled at being released that he turned up for a preseason Bruins meet up in full Panthers gear. You can bet he will be desperate to deprive his old team of the eighth spot. Brad Boyes and Steven Kampfr were also deemed to be surplus by the Boston management, and they will feel like they have a point to prove when the two teams meet in the Sunshine State on March 21.

Tormenters

As well as several former Bruins, the Panthers can also boast a number of Bruins’ tormenters on their roster. Players like Roberto Luongo, who so nearly led the Canucks to Stanley Cup final glory over the Bruins in 2011, achieving two shutouts in the 4-3 series defeat, was traded from Vancouver in 2014. At the other end of the ice, Jussi Jokinen has the measure of the Bruins, having scored the first goal for the Carolina Hurricanes in their conference semifinal victory back in 2009.

Psychological Edge

The Panthers last reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2012 when they were beaten by the Devils in the Conference quarterfinals. Having endured a disappointing run since, they will be desperate to make a return in 2015 and their fans will be happy to take any advantage that they can over their rivals. Whether the stacking of the roster with men who have history with the Bruins was a preconceived plan, or whether it is just coincidence, the Panthers will be hoping that it gives them a psychological edge and is enough to make the difference this time around. 

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below how you think the Eastern Conference playoff race will shake out.

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NBA Today: Is Magic for Real?

March 1, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Adding Rafer Alston at the trade deadline was huge for the Magic. The Orlando Magic is having a fantastic season, building on last year’s success and riding an improved defense towards what could be a 60-win campaign. However, it’s reasonable to wonder if Orlando is hitting a wall, after losing six of 14 games in February, [...]
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Ice Chips: The Rosters They Are A-Changing

February 27, 2009 | by Steven Ovadia | Comments (2)
With the trade deadline looming, no team wants to get burned the way the Oilers did when they overpaid for 19 games of Sergei Samsonov’s service in 2006. The trade deadline (it’s Wednesday, so mark your calendar) can be great for fantasy teams, since sometimes a player just needs a change of scenery or a different [...]
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NBA Today: Pacers Not Done Yet

February 23, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Jim O’Brien has orchestrated an improved offense for Indy, but the D? Ugh. The Indiana Pacers showed modest improvement in 2007-08, but this year has been a bit of a disappointment thanks to an awful start that buried the team. Believe it or not, with three wins in their past four games, the Pacers are actually [...]
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NBA Today: Progress Slow for Bulls

February 15, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Chicago’s inability to make much progress has left GM John Paxson’s future in doubt. While the Chicago Bulls have ridden a better offense to slight improvements over last season, they have failed to garner any real momentum this season. In fact, judging by their month-by-month record (1-1 in October, 7-8 in November, 6-9 in December, 7-9 [...]
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