Panthers introduce new owners; players who have much to prove; NHL uniform changes (Puck Headlines)

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• If you missed it, hockey rules the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

• Vince Viola and Doug Cifu were introduced Friday morning as the new owners of the Florida Panthers. Says Viola, "We're going to win. Put the word out, we're going to win." [Sun-Sentinel]

• It’s not just new ownership for the Panthers. The team has brought on former NHLer John Madden as a pro scout. [Panthers]

• Drew Doughty’s response to Dustin Penner joking he might play in their Stadium Series game in a tank top: “I don’t think Pens can fit in one.” [Mayor’s Manor]

• What 10 players have much to prove in 2013-14? [ESPN]

• Every uniform and logo-related change for NHL teams this season. [UniWatch]

• A solid look back at the life of Denis Brodeur, Martin’s father, who passed away on Thursday. [CBS NY]

• Ryan Whitney will be back on the market after being released from his tryout contract with the St. Louis Blues. [Blues]

• Should the Tampa Bay Lightning target Dion Phaneuf for a trade? [Bolts by the Bay]

• Breaking: owner thinks team’s window of opportunity still open! [CSN Washington]

• According to Igor Eronko, Mike Commodore is set to join the KHL’s Admiral Vladivostok [@IgorEronko]

• Among the moves during Coyotes camp on Thursday was Gilbert Brule being released from a tryout contract. [Coyotes]

• Fantasy-wise, is Penguins forward Beau Bennett worth the hype? [Dobber Hockey]

• An examination of goalie trends about the NHL Draft from 2001-2013. [In Goal Mag]

• Despite Cody Franson finally coming on board, is this the year Morgan Rielly sticks with the Maple Leafs? [The Hockey Writers]

• Five things to love and hate about realignment in the OHL. [Buzzing the Net]

• New daddy Dustin Brown said he expects to be ready for the Kings’ opener next week as he recovers from a hamstring injury. [LA Times]

• Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has been cleared for contact, but will not play in the team’s opener after shoulder surgery. [SNY Rangers]

• Marian Hossa, meanwhile, may recover from an upper-body injury in time to participate in the Blackhawks’ opener. [ESPN Chicago]

• Three questions the St. Louis Blues need to answer, including which goalie will grab the No. 1 reigns? [St. Louis Gametime]

• What kind of extension is Jason Pominville worthy of for the Minnesota Wild? [First Round Bust]

• Looking at how goon culture has evolved in the NHL over the last 30 years. [Boys on the Bus]

• Patric Hornqvist is looking toward the future and putting last season’s injury-plagued year behind him. [Smashville 24/7]

• Finally, here's Predators prospect Austin Watson overcoming his catfish phobia, but I'll bet he's still terrified of meeting people online due to his other catfish phobia:

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