Training camp ended for the Panthers as soon as the team skated off the ice Saturday night in celebrating a 5-3 exhibition victory over visiting Tampa Bay. When the team reports to practice Monday morning in Coral Springs opening night becomes the lone focus. Florida opens its 2013-14 season Thursday night against the host Dallas Stars. “We felt like we accomplished things coaching-wise but there are areas we need to tidy up and keep working on” coach Kevin Dineen said. With the introduction of new owners and the addition of a few new players in camp Dineen said he “likes the vibe” around his team. “I like the tempo the tenor of our group” Dineen said. “We’re all speaking the same language. We understand when things weren’t going well it wasn’t one man but it’s a team effort.” The Panthers still have some work before heading to Texas. On Sunday they took another step in finalizing their roster by placing winger Joey Crabb and defenseman Colby Robak on waivers. “We’ve had to make some tough decisions and we’re going to continue to have to make them” Dineen said. “I believe we have some quality options and some hungry players banging on the door when they aren’t in there.” With plenty of money under the salary cap general manager Dale Tallon could put in a claim or two and perhaps grab a couple players cut loose by other teams because of their particular cap concerns. It won’t be known if Florida picked up any players off waivers until Monday afternoon. On Sunday night the Panthers added 30-year-old defenseman Ryan Witney who had been in camp on a tryout with St. Louis. Witney has played in 474 games in eight NHL seasons.
Florida Panthers coach likes team’s ‘tempo’
Miami Herald | Sep 30