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Couture didn’t mean to ‘slam’ the Panthers

Oct 31, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

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San Jose forward Logan Couture wasn’t trying to disrespect the Panthers when he referenced playing in Florida after last night’s 4-3 overtime loss in Los Angeles.

Per the Mercury News, here’s Couture’s exact statement after the Sharks failed to win at the Staples Center for the 11th time in 12 tries: “We could have played in Florida tonight and probably lost that game, too.”

You can see why some Panthers fans may have taken issue with that, especially if they didn’t know about the Sharks’ struggles at the Staples Center.

Via Couture’s Twitter account today, here’s what he meant by his Florida remark:

“I was asked if playing in Staples Center had an effect on the way we played last night and the outcome. I answered no, that we (meaning the Kings and Sharks) could have played in Florida and it wouldn’t have mattered.

“Some reporters have chosen to try and twist those comments into a slam against the Florida Panthers. Couldn’t be further from the truth. We could have played in a building where we were undefeated and had the same result.

“All I was saying was we wouldn’t have beat the Kings anywhere. The arena (Staples Center) was not the issue.”

So there you go. No disrespect to the Panthers.

San Jose, by the way, plays in Sunrise on Jan. 16.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    If that’s the inside jokes around the league, then that’s not only bad for the Panthers fans, its also HYSTERRICAL!!! From that comment he wasn’t intentionally trying to bash the Cats.

    • nj666 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      I wouldn’t throw stones, the devils haven’t been drawing a huge crowd lately…

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        I’m sure NJ have great fans, but why have they been drawing bad crows lately, I first noticed it at the Stanley cup finals not too long ago

      • 950003cups - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:36 AM

        You noticed it at the finals? It was sold out dummy.

        As for this year. I think the space crowds have to do with the prices and the loss of Kovalchuk. When Kovalchuk first came over games were sold out. At the time it was considered a novelty that would ware off. It never really wore off. When Parise left they still sold out almost every game last year. When Kovalchuk was here, he delivered and lived up to his name. When Kovalchuk left, the crowds diminished back to the pre-Kovy days.

        For the prices NJ charges, the fans expect some kind of superstar. Not like a Parise. But more like a Kovalchuk. Big names sell seats around here. Besides Ovechkin, I don’t think the NHL has or had a player like that in FA. That’s why when NJ saw the opportunity, they threw him a huge offer.

        When he left, he took the luster of the appeal with him.

      • 950003cups - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        @nj666

        He didn’t mention the crowds at Pnthers home games. He was making fun of how bad the team is. Where did you come up with that?

      • nj666 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        no matter what, as a devil fan right now and looking at the record its really hard to criticize another team. granted I’m sure the wins will come and the seats will fill up again like last year, but I find it in bad taste to talk bad on other teams at this point.

    • cofran2004 - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      …why is it that you seem to be in EVERY thread? The devils have no outstanding rivalry with either of these teams. Let it go, champ.

  2. sarcasticfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    There’s panther fans?

  3. skr213 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Media created sensation. Couture’s explanation makes perfect sense and is exactly how I understood his comment from the beginning.

  4. savior72 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Effing media up to their same old tricks again…

  5. vbcaps - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Media…there are 2 teams in Florida anyway

  6. hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Is Florida not terrible? I don’t understand what the problem is. The team is horrible and anytime I’ve seen a game at the arena, there have been way more empty seats than full ones.

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