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SBD/January 19, 2012/Franchises
NHL Panthers Using Playoff Discounts To Drive Renewals For Next Season
Published January 19, 2012
THE RIGHT MIX: SI’s Brian Cazeneuve notes the Panthers on paper "appear to be an ungainly amalgamation of castoffs," but the club has “proved to be a legitimate playoff contender.” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said, "It's surprised us to be ahead of schedule. How (everybody) would fit together was a total unknown." Cazeneuve notes much of the teams' success is "seemingly a result of the Panthers' lack of identity becoming their actual identity. Panthers D Ed Jovanovksi, who re-joined the team this offseason after playing with them from '95-99, said, "There's a real culture change with this group tasting success and wanting more" (SI, 1/23 issue).