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  2. I dunno, two are men who know they're men, but there are at least 4 men who think they're women in those pics
  3. I’m sure some are hot AF! The transy was pretty obvious in the OP pic 🤔. https://www.panthers.com/cheerleaders/roster/
  4. I remember those Games. As a kid , I would almost cry out of frustration losing every game to Miami for 10 straight years. Don Criqui was good.
  5. Plenty of players show up at NHL training camps every year thinking this is the year. The year they make the team or become an everyday player or make it onto a scoring line. The year they make the leap. With camps around the league opening Thursday, fantasy drafts scheduled and optimism booming, who are the players best positioned to actually make it happen in 2023-24? The Athletic asked its NHL staff for their predictions: one breakout candidate for each team. Here are their answers. Anaheim Ducks Mason McTavish: There remains vast upside for Trevor Zegras, and the initial viewings of Leo Carlsson are quite promising, but this could be a season the 20-year-old McTavish builds greatly on his rookie campaign. He had 17 goals and 43 points in 2022-23 on a team that wasn’t good offensively, rarely drove play and was woeful in its own end. He’ll get more chances to produce, particularly in five-on-five play, if the Ducks are even marginally better in controlling the action. McTavish’s one-timer is a weapon on the power play, and this season he could have some quality linemates to center if he has either Alex Killorn or Adam Henrique on his left and Troy Terry on his right. — Eric Stephens Arizona Coyotes Dylan Guenther: The Coyotes had the option of sending Guenther back to junior before his 10-game trial ended last season but chose to keep him in the NHL into December, at which point he joined Canada’s national junior team for world juniors and played great, scoring the winning goal in the overtime gold-medal victory over Czechia. In January, after the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds gave up seven draft choices to acquire his rights from the Edmonton Oil Kings, Guenther led them to the Memorial Cup final with 28 points in 19 playoff games. Production-wise, Guenther had a modest first NHL season, with 15 points in 33 games, but if he slots in as the team’s RW3 behind Nick Schmaltz and Jason Zucker and gets time on PP2, the No. 9 pick from the 2021 NHL Draft could be in line to produce 40 points or more as an NHL sophomore. — Eric Duhatschek Boston Bruins Trent Frederic: The 25-year-old, a 2016 first-rounder, should get his best opportunity yet with Patrice Bergeron, Taylor Hall and David Krejci departed from last season’s lineup. The Bruins will start Frederic on the wing, possibly in a top-six role. He is in the first season of a two-year, $4.6 million extension. The Bruins like the way he shoots and protects pucks. He is under consideration for special-teams play for the first time in his NHL career. — Fluto Shinzawa Buffalo Sabres Connor Clifton: Clifton set a career high with 23 points last season and signed a contract worth $3.3 million annually in free agency. He has a real chance to play in a top-four role and for an offensive-minded coach in Don Granato. I’d be shocked if he didn’t have a career-best point total, provided he stays healthy. Playing alongside Owen Power, another major breakout candidate, should only help his case. — Matthew Fairburn Calgary Flames Matthew Coronato: He showed some flashes in his NHL debut, produced for Team USA during the World Championship and looks bigger and faster after some offseason training. He’s likely to start at right wing on one of the team’s top two lines and it’s on Coronato to take advantage of the opportunities being presented to him. — Julian McKenzie Carolina Hurricanes Seth Jarvis: Casual observers of the Hurricanes might have seen Seth Jarvis’ numbers dip — from 48 points in 68 games as a rookie to 39 points in 82 games last season — and thought he suffered from the dreaded sophomore slump. What actually happened was that coach Rod Brind’Amour and assistant Jeff Daniels helped the 2020 No. 13 draft pick rebuild his game from the bottom up, and his improvement as a 200-foot player was evident. Now it will be up to Jarvis to put it all together and show he can produce like a top-line player. — Cory Lavalette Chicago Blackhawks Lukas Reichel: With all the attention given to Connor Bedard, there’s been little talk of Lukas Reichel as he enters what should be his first full NHL season. Reichel, a 2020 first-round pick, excelled offensively in the AHL the past two seasons and began to show what he’s capable of in the NHL late last season. He’s expected to be given a shot to center the second line in training camp. — Scott Powers Colorado Avalanche Ross Colton: Colton never averaged more than 13 minutes a game for Tampa Bay, and yet he still averaged 19 goals over his last two seasons with the club. On Colorado, he is in line to get significantly more ice time. He’ll start on the third line and is the type of player Jared Bednar likes. He could be an option to move up in the lineup when there are inevitable injuries. — Peter Baugh Columbus Blue Jackets Kent Johnson: Johnson was quietly one of the NHL’s top rookies last season, finishing among the rookie leaders in goals (16, sixth), assists (24, eighth) and points (40, fifth). And he did this without a top-notch center on his line and with only 14:31 in average ice time. which was ninth among Blue Jackets forwards. Johnson has tried to add bulk to his lanky frame and — with teammate Johnny Gaudreau as a mentor — has learned to navigate against bigger players. He has the playmaking skills and dangling ability of a future point-per-game player (maybe near-future), and we think he will take a big step forward this season. — Aaron Portzline Dallas Stars Nils Lundkvist: Lundkvist is only the answer because I don’t feel that Thomas Harley truly qualifies. Harley already broke out, late in the 2022-23 regular season and through the playoffs, and he is bound to take bigger steps in his development this season. But Lundkvist, a 2018 first-rounder, is a player who so far hasn’t put it all together and will be in a position to this season. His talent gives him top-four potential, but he’ll need to be more dependable in his 200-foot game to get there. If he can take a step forward this season, especially considering he’s a righty, he will be spotlighted in Dallas. — Saad Yousuf Detroit Red Wings Lucas Raymond: Raymond might be the Red Wings X-factor this season, as a player coming off a bit of a dip in year 2 but still with the tremendous talent he displayed as a rookie. He added weight in the summer, which should make him tougher on the puck, and he now has one more year of experience behind him. He also opened camp on a line with Dylan Larkin and Alex DeBrincat, and while it’s far from a guarantee that he will stick even until opening night, the idea of playing with two other forwards who can think the game like him would be a huge help to his breakout potential. — Max Bultman Edmonton Oilers Evan Bouchard: This isn’t exactly going out on a limb given that Bouchard led all blueliners in scoring during the playoffs (17 points) despite appearing in just 12 games. Still, the betting here is that he’s barely scratched the surface of his potential with 43 and 40 points in the past two seasons. With a place now secured on a top-four pairing and a full season running Edmonton’s elite power play, it’s not hard to envision him being one of the highest-scoring defensemen in the league. — Daniel Nugent-Bowman Florida Panthers Anton Lundell: This isn’t an easy question for the Panthers, who have plenty of established stars, very few open lineup spots and, after a few years’ worth of adding win-now players, a subpar prospect pipeline. Lundell, meanwhile, is a 2020 first-round pick who has played two full NHL seasons and been good in both. Expecting a bit more from him isn’t going out on a limb. That said, he’s shown enough solid playmaking ability to believe that he’s in for his first 50-point season and perhaps a bit more if he sees time with scoring wingers. — Sean Gentille Los Angeles Kings Arthur Kaliyev: What, the name of Quinton Byfield isn’t in this space? No doubt, Byfield is a candidate given that he’ll pick up with Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe as linemates and have chances to finally find his offense at the NHL level. But we’re thinking Kaliyev could be the one who takes a leap. His overall game still needs work, but he bumped his points per game from 0.33 to 0.50 between 2021-22 and 2022-23, and he’s scored 27 goals over those two seasons. That despite getting limited minutes at five-on-five and often playing on the fourth line. He’s now ticketed to be in the top six, where he could play with Kevin Fiala and Pierre-Luc Dubois, and his heavy shot is already put to use on the power play. If Kaliyev has put in the work to improve his skating, he can bust out. — Eric Stephens Minnesota Wild Brock Faber: This could end up being Marco Rossi, the former top-10 pick who put on 15 pounds of muscle with the hope he can be a regular up the middle. But as far as instant and overall impact, we like the fellow rookie Faber. After jumping straight from the NCAA to the NHL and playing third-pair minutes in the playoffs, the former Gophers star is expected to step into the top-four role vacated by long-time stalwart Matt Dumba this season. Faber is likely to join Jonas Brodin against the toughest matchups. It’s a big responsibility, but the Wild believe he can handle it. — Joe Smith Montreal Canadiens Alex Newhook: The Canadiens are hoping their trade for Newhook turns out as well as the one for Kirby Dach, but frankly, for his season to be given breakout status, Newhook will need to do more than Dach did last year. Newhook’s versatility is valued by coach Martin St. Louis, and that should ensure he is put into situations to succeed. He is probably the team’s fastest skater, he’s skilled, has defensive ability and is driven to prove the Avalanche gave up on him too quickly. — Arpon Basu Nashville Predators Luke Evangelista: The Preds would love for Evangelista to be the right answer, after he had 15 points in 24 games with the big club last season, following up on 41 points in 49 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. He showed skill, maturity and a willingness to mix it up when he got his opportunity in Nashville. And the opportunity could be there this season to play on a top line with Ryan O’Reilly and Filip Forsberg. Someone has to fill that spot, and if it’s Evangelista, that’s probably good news for a team in search of scoring punch. — Joe Rexrode New Jersey Devils Akira Schmid: Luke Hughes is another good candidate, but Schmid is in a position to shine and build on his playoff performance. The Devils chose not to upgrade their goalie tandem in the offseason, but it was addition by subtraction with the Mackenzie Blackwood trade. That opened up time and opportunity for Schmid, who could push Vitek Vanecek for starts. Goaltending may be emphasized more this season after defensive changes, priming Schmid for an even more meaningful role — if he’s ready to be the starter for more than just a moment. — Shayna Goldman New York Islanders Pierre Engvall: At 27 years old, Engvall is surely one of the older players on this list, but as soon as he arrived on Long Island from Toronto, he was given a much bigger opportunity to produce. While his numbers don’t exactly leap off the page — five goals and nine points in 18 games — Engvall’s line with Brock Nelson and Kyle Palmieri was the team’s best down the stretch and in the first round of the playoffs. Now with a seven-year contract extension in his pocket, Engvall should be in the Islanders’ top six again on opening night. — Kevin Kurz New York Rangers K’Andre Miller: Miller really broke out last season with 43 points, but when you’re part of a defense with perennial Norris Trophy candidate Adam Fox, you’re going to be overlooked. Miller should benefit from new coach Peter Laviolette’s system that encourages defensemen to get up the ice this season, and his incredible skating should get him more noticed. — Arthur Staple Ottawa Senators Jake Sanderson: It probably seems a touch strange to pick a player who just signed an eight-year, $64.4 million contract as a breakout candidate. But there were plenty of eyebrows raised outside of Ottawa when the Senators handed out that term and salary to Jake Sanderson. In his first NHL season, he emerged as Ottawa’s most dependable and reliable defenseman in his own zone. This season, we should probably expect to see him pop a bit more offensively. We’ll have to wait and see how much power-play time he gets behind the likes of Thomas Chabot and Jakob Chychrun, but Sanderson has more offensive upside than most people realize. If Sanderson has the season the Senators are anticipating, there won’t be any questions left about the contract. — Ian Mendes Philadelphia Flyers Cam York: After it was determined that York needed more AHL seasoning at the start of last season, the defenseman returned to the Flyers in December and immediately started playing big minutes. That will surely continue this season, particularly with defensemen like Ivan Provorov and Tony DeAngelo now gone. “He was one of our best defensemen from the time he came back from the end of the year,” GM Danny Briere said on Sept. 19. “We’re expecting him to almost be like a veteran this year.” — Kevin Kurz Pittsburgh Penguins Pierre-Olivier Joseph: With the Penguins set in their top four, Joseph becomes the anchor of a third defense pairing. He has a lot to prove to new management, but he has the skills — good skating and puck movement, with sneaky offensive instincts — to overcome his lack of physicality. This should be the season he establishes himself as an NHL regular in terms of start-to-finish consistency. — Rob Rossi San Jose Sharks William Eklund: The Sharks might be icing a roster designed to flip potential unrestricted free agents, but it’s not as if there are a bunch of All-Stars blocking the 20-year-old Swede, who was the No. 7 pick in the 2021 draft. With cups of coffee the past two years, Eklund’s entry-level contract has slid to where it only begins this season, and he has gotten valuable experience from the AHL, where he put up 17 goals and 41 points in 54 games. He has enough creativity and quickness in his skillful game to produce offense if given the minutes and opportunities. It just feels like it is his time to win a job and start justifying his top-10 selection. — Eric Stephens Seattle Kraken Tye Kartye: The 22-year-old forward had an exceptional rookie season of professional hockey, scoring 28 goals and 57 points as a 21-year-old in the AHL and proving to be a game-breaker in the playoffs, and opportunity knocks for him at the NHL level this season. Following the departures of depth scorers like Daniel Sprong and Morgan Geekie this offseason, the Kraken are likely going to need a contributor from Coachella to step up. Kartye looks both ready and able to do so. — Thomas Drance St. Louis Blues Zachary Bolduc: Bolduc, 20, has scored just about as many goals as any hockey player in North America over the past two seasons, with 105. He followed up a 55-goal season in 2021-22 with 50 last season with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, who won the Memorial Cup. The Blues’ 2021 first-round draft pick has now turned pro, and his skill and shot will allow him a chance to have that production translate at the NHL level. He’s playing on a line with Kevin Hayes and Sammy Blais in training camp. — Jeremy Rutherford Tampa Bay Lightning Tanner Jeannot: Someone like Nick Perbix could emerge as the team’s breakout player, but Jeannot feels like the pick after struggling through last season. His 2021-22 season showed he could shake it at this level, but now he has to prove that he can be a consistent middle-six contributor. Jeannot seems like a natural fit in Tampa Bay. Now he has to use everything in his toolbox, like his size and strength, to become a reliable secondary scorer who can grind down opponents. — Shayna Goldman Toronto Maple Leafs Timothy Liljegren: This is a maybe. Let’s start there. I think there’s a chance that opportunity opens up for Liljegren to play bigger, more important minutes and that this time, he seizes that opportunity. I say maybe, though, because he’s had this chance before and not taken full advantage. But this is going to be Liljegren’s third full NHL season. He’s 24 and no longer a question mark to be in the lineup every night. The time is right for him to make a leap. — Jonas Siegel Vancouver Canucks Nils Höglander: Höglander was never able to ingratiate himself to former coach Bruce Boudreau, but his age 19 and 20 seasons were extremely promising. In 81 games prior to the club hiring Boudreau, the battle-winning winger managed 37 points in 81 games to open his NHL career. Then he disappeared down the lineup, in the press box and ultimately was sent to the AHL. He has yet to play an NHL game under new Canucks coach Rick Tocchet. At training camp, though, he has opened on Vancouver’s ostensible top line with Elias Pettersson and Andrei Kuzmenko. Opportunity knocks, and Höglander is good enough to run with it. — Thomas Drance Vegas Golden Knights Paul Cotter: Cotter had a bit of a breakout last season, with 13 goals in 55 games as a rookie, but is poised for an even bigger role in 2023-24. The 24-year-old power forward has the speed, physicality and finishing ability to make an impact with the right opportunity, and he opened camp Thursday on William Karlsson’s wing. The biggest position battle in Golden Knights camp is replacing Reilly Smith, and Cotter will get the first crack at the job. If he becomes an every-night player for Vegas, he could reach 20 or 25 goals. — Jesse Granger Washington Capitals Aliaksei Protas: Tough times in Washington. The vast majority of the lineup is either a known commodity, low-upside or some combination of the two. Protas is a 6-foot-6 22-year-old who has seen time in each of the past two seasons for the Caps and will get a shot at staying in the lineup. His skating is a major issue, according to The Athletic’s prospects expert Corey Pronman, but it’s within the realm of possibility that he knocks in 10 goals or thereabouts. — Sean Gentille Winnipeg Jets Cole Perfetti: Perfetti is stronger, faster and projects to start Winnipeg’s season centering Nino Niederreiter and Nikolaj Ehlers. This would be a good recipe for offensive production for any player; in Perfetti’s case, it’s an opportunity to play his first completely healthy season alongside two of Winnipeg’s top five-on-five players. He’s also among those first in line for power-play minutes now that Blake Wheeler and Pierre-Luc Dubois are playing in other cities. Perfetti scored 30 points in his injury-shortened sophomore season. If he makes the most of the opportunity in front of him, he could double that number. — Murat Ates
  6. Look at the difference in the muscle definition of all of the others (not the actual dude in the back left, that probably knows he’s a man) compared to the “guy” to the right of the blonde!!
  7. At the very least get a solid offensive line in front of him. They are going to get him killed.
  8. Why don't you give us a text list instead of a screen shot? That would be helpful.
  9. Picking Bryce Young as the 1st overall draft QB the Carolina Panthers will set back the franchise for years. The dude is a dwarf and who won't jack shit in the NFL. Yeah, their season is over.
  10. Wow, I'm on the cusp of 50 and I look like 35 years. What the hell are they eating and drugs in there? My Mom is 72 and looks like late 50s.
  11. Why are my tweets not embedding anymore???
  12. https://x.com/GammaRae206/status/1705386013357691260?s=20
  13. Vikings, jets and Seahawks seasons are far from over
  14. al·lude /əˈlo͞od/ verb past tense: alluded; past participle: alluded suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at. "she had a way of alluding to Jean but never saying her name" mention without discussing at length. "we will allude briefly to the main points" (of an artist or a work of art) recall (an earlier work or style) in such a way as to suggest a relationship with it. "the photographs allude to Italian Baroque painting"Similar-sounding words alluded is sometimes confused with eluded
  15. Exactly, if Josh doesn’t turn the ball over, the Bills win. It’s that simple.
  16. Each NHL team’s biggest breakout candidate for 2023-24View the full article
  17. Based on the weather forecast this game is coming down to one thing. Hold on to the ball Josh.
  18. I’ll believe it when I see it. Too many activists, with a “not so secret agenda” (their words, not mine) in high positions. They’re not going to just give up on those agendas like that. Iger knows his one time “family brand” is hemorrhaging money, he needs to try to say something to convince families to come back. But, the days of just entertaining people is so old fashioned and his company is full of people that would rather see it go down in flames before they’d give up on their agendas.
  19. I watched their game vs Denver and they could not handle Denver’s pass rush in the first half. So then they hit them with the draw plays and screen passes….and killed them with it. And we all know how the Bills cannot defend screen passes. Expect to see our slow secondary chasing dudes…
  20. Rasmus Dahlin has been in the NHL long enough to know that when a player with Erik Johnson’s résumé offers advice, it’s important to listen. Dahlin didn’t feel the need to ask any questions when Johnson urged him to buy an in-home sauna to help him recover from practices and games throughout the Buffalo Sabres’ season. Dahlin immediately purchased one. Anything to enjoy the same longevity and team success as Johnson, who, at 35 years old, is entering his 17th NHL season and is on the precipice of the 1,000-game mark less than two years after winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. “Whatever he says,” Dahlin told reporters, cracking a smile on the first day of training camp. The Sabres aggressively pursued Johnson during his brief time as an unrestricted free agent in July, not only to address their need for an experienced, defensively responsible veteran on the blue line, but as another leader for a room full of players who have yet to win the sport’s top prize. Johnson had them at the top of his list because he viewed their roster is “set up for success for many, many years.” A recruiting pitch by Johnson’s childhood friend and college roommate at the University of Minnesota, Sabres captain Kyle Okposo, helped the Sabres land the 2006 first overall draft pick on a one-year contract that counts $3.25 million against the salary cap. And Johnson has needed only a few weeks in Buffalo to become an influential figure on and off the ice. Johnson has answered questions from young, talented defensemen on the team’s blue line, including Dahlin, fellow No. 1 draft pick Owen Power and Mattias Samuelsson. Practices Thursday and Friday were an opportunity for Johnson to skate with Samuelsson on the same defense pair. Soon, Johnson will get to show how he can help the Sabres’ penalty kill improve after it ranked 28th in the NHL last season. “He’s won a Cup,” said Sabres winger Alex Tuch, who reached the Stanley Cup final with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018. “Immediately, you walk into a room, none of us have, I guess. … Immediately that it goes into leadership. I mean, what is this, his 17th year in the NHL? He’s going to be closing in on 1,000 games. He’s been captain of the Colorado Avalanche, assistant captain and stuff like that. Just the amount of experience, first overall pick. Three first overall pick defensemen, too, that’ll learn a lot from him because he’s played with pressure, he’s played with different teams. He’s played on teams that have really struggled and he’s played on unbelievable hockey teams. “His presence, leadership and mentality each and every day and his drive and determination I’ve seen just in a couple weeks of getting to know him. But he’s also an easy guy to be around. Happy-go-lucky guy, awesome guy for the young guys to be around, too. I think we’re all going to learn a lot from him. I’m going to try to learn as much as I can from him.” Leaving Denver wasn’t Johnson’s first choice. It’s become his home since the St. Louis Blues traded Johnson in 2011, less than five years after he was their choice with the first pick in the NHL draft. He has spent his off seasons in Denver and plans to stay there once he retires as a player. Johnson was there during the Avalanche’s brutal 48-point season in 2016-17 that earned them the right to draft defenseman Cale Makar and captained them for one season as they built the off-ice culture that shaped them into a Stanley Cup champion. Johnson was on the ice in critical situations when the Avalanche were on their run to the Cup two summers ago. But the team informed Johnson in June that it wasn’t going to re-sign him. Buffalo emerged as Johnson’s top choice. Okposo added to the team’s sales pitch by answering Johnson’s questions and informing him about what the Sabres have built behind the scenes to complement their exciting, fast-paced attack on the ice. Johnson and Okposo became friends at 8 years old when they were teammates in summer hockey. They havve been close ever since and even share the same agent, Pat Brisson. “What I know about him now is how good of a pro he is and how dedicated he is to his craft,” Okposo said. “It’s already rubbing off on our guys and he’s just a solid NHL defenseman who’s played 15 years in the league and knows what he’s doing and knows how to be at his best and you can never have too many of those guys around. It’s pretty special when you can add somebody like that in our group and he says, I talked to him yesterday and he just said how happy he is to be here and how much he loves it and how he’s just fit in great. So, I’m really happy to have him.” The situation in Buffalo doesn’t remind Johnson of the challenging years in Colorado. The Avalanche missed the playoffs in six of his first seven seasons. These Sabres have far more talent. They ranked third in the NHL in scoring and missed the playoffs by only one point in April. He was drawn to Buffalo because of their skilled forwards, young defensemen and talented, albeit inexperienced, goaltending tandem of Devon Levi and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Johnson doesn’t need to teach Dahlin how to execute a flawless end-to-end rush. There’s no point in telling Power had to make a tape-to-tape breakout pass, either. But Johnson can help the rest of the group – which has an average age of 24 years old – obtain a competitive advantage in every other area of the job, including recovery. Johnson recalled Friday after practice that he learned the importance of recovery from one of his first NHL teammates, Hall of Fame winger Paul Kariya, who finished his career in St. Louis. Kariya was one of many older players who helped Johnson early in his career, and he wishes to do the same for his teammates in Buffalo. Several of Johnson’s younger teammates adopted his routines in Colorado. He wasn’t alone in the sauna after practices and games. Only a few weeks have passed since Johnson’s arrival in Buffalo, but he’s already planning something similar with the Sabres. “I’ve been telling those guys that to have a long, successful career, it’s as much about what you do off the ice to get yourself ready to go on the ice,” he shared. “I’ve just been telling these guys what it takes, and they’ve been asking questions and I’ve been answering them. I’ve been doing the same thing. I think we have a little sauna club for our (defensemen). Should be good.” The Sabres will open the regular season in less than three weeks when they host the New York Rangers in KeyBank Center on Oct. 12, providing Johnson with time to acclimate to a defensive system that differs from the one in Colorado. He’s already settled into Buffalo after traveling here in July to find a place to live. The tree-lined streets and view of Lake Erie remind him of summers in Minnesota. The talent on the ice is a reminder of why he took the leap to sign with a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 12 years. This isn’t necessarily a one-year trial for Johnson, either. He wants to earn a longer stay while helping his young teammates reach new heights. “I signed a one-year deal, but hopefully I can be here for a few years and get this team to where it wants to go and get this city a Cup,” he said.
  21. That’s great news. I even found the link for IC. https://www.carolinahuddle.com/forum/7-carolina-panthers/
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