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Panthers thrilled for chance to play again

Updated: January 9, 2013, 7:16 PM ET
Associated Press

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. -- Florida coach Kevin Dineen ran a practice during the NHL lockout at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where his daughter plays hockey.

Hannah Dineen's team had a game on Wednesday.

Her father was 1,500 miles away -- and is beyond eager for the chance to coach his real team again.

There might not be many teams with more reason for optimism going into this delayed and shortened NHL season than the Panthers, who ended a 12-year playoff drought ...

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