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That guy on the other team who is just so ... annoyingly good with the puck that you love watching him play but you hate having him score on your team. You know the one -- the guy who's so amazing on his own team, but you know he would be just that much better if he was on your team.
2. Other Than Your Own, The Team You Can't Help Rooting For
Maybe it's the old-school Whalers fan in me (you can take the hockey team out of our state, but you can't take it out of our hearts), but I always seem to end up rooting for the underdogs. So perhaps it's no surprise that I've taken a liking to the Florida Panthers.
Let's face it, Florida hasn't given their fans a lot to cheer about for the last ... oh, 14 years or so. They made one of the worst trades in NHL history (and how's Luongo working out for you, Vancouver?) and haven't been able to attract any stars to bring their talents to South Beach. That is, until this summer. Dale Tallon helped create magic in Chicago; Florida's long-suffering fans hope he'll do the same in Sunrise. Hiring Kevin Dineen as head coach was a very smart move, and I don't say that just because Dineen's my all-time favorite player. Dineen's a smart coach who can bring a lot out of players who haven't reached their full potential yet; imagine what he's going to do with a bunch of guys who've already proven their talent. Combine that with revamping half the roster with nine high-profile acquisitions this summer, and Panther fans have a lot to be excited about heading into the 2011-12 season.
3. Favorite Fight or Brawl of All-Time
Bobby Goepfert vs Billy Sauer goalie fight. Florida Everblades vs Gwinnett Gladiators line brawl, December 22, 2010.