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WQAM Headlines: The Panthers Are Back, Where Is Dwyane Wade?

Alex Donno
September 13, 2018 - 11:43 am

Football is in full swing, but Winter Is Coming...

And the Florida Panthers held media day this morning, September 13th, at the BB&T Center. Training camp officially gets underway tomorrow. The Panthers narrowly missed the playoffs last season but are expected to be in this year. If you're looking to sneak onto the bandwagon, I'd recommend watching top line center Aleksander Barkov at all times. The 22 year old is already one of the most special players in the NHL. Veteran netminder Roberto Luongo had this to say about Barky: "He's probably the most complete player I've ever played with." Forward Vincent Trocheck, another one of Florida's top young players, says there's no ceiling on how good Barkov can be. 

You can listen to every Panthers game on 560 WQAM. They'll open their season on Saturday, October 6th at the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

We still don't know if Dwyane Wade will play this season. The legendary Miami Heat guard has not decided whether to resume his Miami Heat career or retire. We imagined his decision would come in July. It's now September. We also imagined he would announce his future around the same time as Udonis Haslem would. UD re-committed to the Heat a week ago. Wade is still silent. There's a rumor that Wade will demand to start if he returns. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but he will certainly want Spoelstra and Riley to define his role before he commits. I just hope this doesn't turn petty and awkward, the way his exit to Chicago did in the summer of 2016. 

The Miami Hurricanes did not escape the injury bug against SSU. The Canes rolled the SSU Tigers 77-0 and gave valuable playing time to many of their young players. Whenever you face an FCS team, the number one goal is to get out of the game completely healthy. Close, but no cigar. Miami lost freshman defensive end Greg Rousseau to a broken ankle. He had surgery on Wednesday. Rousseau looked dominant throughout spring and fall practice. He would not have been redshirted this season. He was set to be a big part of the DE rotation. He has a very bright future ahead, but his future will have to wait.