Florida Panthers players, coaches and fans have suffered quite enough in both 2013 and the past decade as a whole. They slogged through this past regular season, with hope vanishing from the outset as Florida logged a league-low 36 points on the year.
Heck, even with the playoffs in full swing and the Panthers long gone this organization can’t escape the harsh spotlight of snark and ridicule. While Coach Bruce Boudreau‘s Anaheim Ducks were battling the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals, Boudreau’s compliment to the Wings took an unnecessary glancing shot at Florida.
Relayed Lisa Dillman on Twitter, “Bruce Boudreau, always good for a gem (or two): ‘The Wings are a good team. We’re not playing the Florida Panthers here.'”
Ah! Now that just seems completely unnecessary. Boudreau’s Ducks would be eliminated in Round 1 as the No. 2 seed, so we’d hear little more noteworthy out of him.
The Panthers tried to do something as PR-friendly and simple as reveal a new logo, but even that couldn’t carry forward without laughter.
“So the @FlaPanthers unveiled their 20th ANNIVERSARY logo. Wondering if they ever heard of Dos Equis?” tweeted ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
I suppose positive feedback on Twitter is a 50-50 proposition when it comes to new uniforms but, come on guys, can we lay off the Panthers for maybe a month now that we’re in the thick of the playoffs? Now that we’re, over the weekend, watching juggernauts like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins go at it?
Not in Sporting News NHL writer Jesse Spector’s story intro at least: “The Pittsburgh Penguins led in the Eastern Conference finals for as long as the Florida Panthers did. At least the Panthers were able to work on their suntans.”
OK, I’ll admit that was funny.