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Invites for everybody! Panthers to sign Gilbert to PTO

Sep 16, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers continued to corner the professional try out market on Monday, as ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the team is expected to sign veteran defenseman Tom Gilbert to a PTO.

Gilbert, 30, spent last season in Minnesota before the Wild exercised a compliance buyout on his six-year, $24 million deal.

The longtime Edmonton blueliner posted a career-high 45 points in 2008-09, but has fallen on hard time since. He had just 13 points in 43 games for the Wild last year and saw his ice time decrease from 27:01 in 2011-12 to just 19:19 per game.

As mentioned above, Gilbert will become the latest veteran to accept an invite to Panthers camp.

Veteran netminder Tim Thomas is in Florida now and expected to join shortly. Prior to Thomas, 31-year-old forward Brad Boyes signed a PTO as well.

The club also offered tryouts to former goalie Jose Theodore and ex-Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.


  1. blomfeld - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Does Open House = SOS ?

    They’re also offering single game tickets for US $7.00? Sounds to me like this could be spelling ‘big’ financial trouble? Anyway, if they do ultimately relocate to Seattle, I know one player who won’t be happy about that ! :)

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Of course not.

      The Panthers are a money losing enterprise but their parent company (which makes a ton of money operating the BB&T Center and is required to own the Panthers to continue doing so) is not.

      So yeah.. don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story blomfeld.

      • davebabychreturns - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Although I should commend you for keeping it in your pants and refraining from embedding a youtube video (thusfar)..

      • blomfeld - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        *** Earlier today on the outskirts of V-town ***

        Blomfeld: halt ! … just where do you boys think you’re heading ?

        Babych & Canucks30: uh, we was just head’n into town ?

        Blomfeld: well word is that you boys have been talk’n crap about the LA Kings ?

        Babych & Canucks30: oh hell no ! … but if we did, we was just kidd’n like !

        Blomfeld: do you boys believe in the good Lord ?

        Babych & Canucks30: yeah, for sure ! … we’s a think he’s a great guy !

        Blomfeld: good, cause you’re gonna meet him if you don’t ‘zip it’ right now !

      • davebabychreturns - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Serious question: has anyone, ever, in the history of, ever clicked “Play” on a Youtube video embedded by commenter ‘blomfeld’?

        Enquiring minds want to know.

      • blomfeld - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Badintent @ 30 – Sep 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        Ah man … there’s Ann, Steve, Mr. Robinson and Shooter(Karl). They sure don’t make movies like that any more. Great video Blomfeld ! :)


        Babych – I’ll have you know pal, that my musical offerings are enjoyed by many thousands! Therefore take your wickedness and go back to your darkness !

    • ejbigg - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Like davebabychreturns said, the Panthers are part of a larger conglomerate that benefits off of having the Panthers around. They make a large profit on their lease, largely because of the presence of a professional sports team, and they use the Panthers “losses” to offset earnings for tax purposes.

      Doesn’t really matter how many people you put in the seats and what the ticket prices are, the Panthers aren’t going anywhere. This is basically how South Florida sports teams work if you haven’t noticed yet.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        Or have celebrities own a small fraction of the Miami Dolphins such as Gloria Estefan, Venus and Serna Williams, Fergie, and Jennifer Lopez.

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