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Sun-Sentinel: Gomez Relishes "Mentor" Role

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[Forward Scott] Gomez, who averaged 64 points in his first 10 seasons, including 59 points in his first season in Montreal, slipped to 38 points in 2010-11 and just 11 points in an injury-plagued 2011-12. He was lambasted in the hockey-crazed Canadian media and scorned by Habs' fans. Fortunately, Gomez heeded the advice of former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk and late Devils coach Pat Burns, who told him not to read his press clippings, good or bad. "They took my paper away and said one of these days you'll be playing some where you might want to jump off a bridge,'' smiled Gomez. - A bit more from Harvey on Gomez above.

Sun-Sentinel: Former Panthers owner Siegel, Americans triumph over Canada in Israel Tourney

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[Stu] Siegel grew up playing street hockey in Long Island and played four years of club hockey at the University of Pennsylvania, so the opportunity to represent his country in Israel was too special to pass over. "Putting on that USA jersey was pretty cool,'' said Siegel, 50, a real estate technology pioneer who's also a defensive-minded center. "It was an awesome celebration carrying the U.S. flag around the ice.'' - More from Harvey above

Panthers to wear white at home at least once

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At least it seems that way according to the Carolina Hurricanes twitter feed "@NHLCanes: The #Canes will wear black alternate jerseys 12 times (once on the road vs. #FlaPanthers) in 2013-14. Schedule: http://t.co/VxgHVTfURI"

Should the Panthers trade up to take MacKinnon?

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Freddy Kasten's take on what the Panthers should do with the 2nd overall pick.

Sports Babe of the Day Presents: Kris Versteeg aka Verbeauty

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Kris Versteeg answers questions about his on and off the ice views on everything from his dating life to what other things he is talented with besides rapping!

Calder much?

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Ask everyone's favorite #11 at 11:00 EDT (I guess) what ever you want tomorrow when he takes over the official @NHL twitter account.

HF: "Top prospects for Florida Panthers starting to make an impact in the NHL"

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"Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Huberdeau's play in the NHL has been his effectiveness in the corners and in high-traffic areas. His abilities in open ice situations, where his skills and vision have time to bloom, have always been evident, but his play around the net has been better than expected. He is simply a NHL star in the making and one of the top candidates for this season's Calder Trophy." - More from HF's Brian Fogarty above.

OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll: Trocheck rocks, basically.

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Vince Trocheck ranked first in faceoffs, second in shootout shooters (probably based on reputation, as he's gone 1-for-5 this year, but was 5-for-10 last year and 3-for-5 the year before), and third for "most dangerous in the goal area" by the coaches. I think he should maybe have gotten a few more mentions, especially for defensive forward and penalty killer (hello league leader in shorthanded goals), but three is obviously not bad at all and Plymouth has a ton of guys to put up for these things.

CHN: Panthers prospect Bjugstad "more than a scorer"

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From College Hockey News: "In a time where many top picks that choose the college route spend one or two years on campus, the expectation is that a player with the size, skating ability and skill of Bjugstad will leave. Instead, he decided to return to the Gophers for one more season and in the process raised expectations for both the team and himself. Whether those expectations were fair can be debated. For many, however, anything short of Bjugstad, who scored 25 goals as a sophomore, dominating college hockey and leading Minnesota to a national title would be a disappointment." More from our pal Nathan Wells on Florida's 2010 first-rounder above.

Guess who isn't getting called up again any time soon?

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Scott Timmins pulling off his Robert Downey Jr. impression.

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