Apr 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save against Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) in the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: August 21st Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!

  • Will This Season Be A Breakout Year For Cam Fowler? – All sign’s seem to be pointing towards yes. The 23 year old defenseman is hitting the prime performance years of his career, and if it hadn’t been for a knee injury that limited him to 70 games last season, he likely would have surpassed his career high of 40 points set during his rookie season. With the Ducks blue line starting to age, you can expect the Ducks to give Fowler the opportunity to take on a bigger role with the team in 2014-15. [Pucks Of A Feather]
  • San Jose Sharks To Go Without Captain or Alternate To Start Camp – The semi-rebuilding San Jose Sharks took another step towards a fresh start in 2014-15 by stripping Joe Thornton of the captaincy and Patrick Marleau of alternate status. Sharks GM Doug Wilson had said earlier that a change in culture was needed in San Jose, and this appears to be a signal to the locker room that the C and A will have to be earned. This decision does not come as much of a surprise, as we have seen several other rebuilding teams decide to go without a designated captain. [Blades of Teal]
  • Why Does Everyone Want The Panthers To Move? – Some teams just can’t get any respect, especially the Florida Panthers. With the Arizona Coyotes safe in Glendale (at least until ownership can exercise the out clause), hockey fans in cities without a NHL franchise have turned their sights to another struggling franchise in the south. Much like the Coyotes, the Panthers ownership group, Sunrise Sports and Entertainment, takes a loss on the hockey operations, but makes money off of concerts and other events at the BB&T Center. While I am sure they would be happier with the team in the green, we forget that owning a sports franchise this days is a akin to owning a luxury yacht. It is a status symbol that costs money, not a means to make more. Sure, if you have a team that does well financially you aren’t complaining, but losses at the gate does not always indicate that a team is in trouble. [TMMOTS]

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