Former Florida Panthers coach Doug MacLean and former players Scott Mellanby and John Vanbiesbrouck reflect on the 'Year of the Rat,' when the Cats made it to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final. Justin Azpiazu Special to the Miami Herald
Former Florida Panthers coach Doug MacLean and former players Scott Mellanby and John Vanbiesbrouck reflect on the 'Year of the Rat,' when the Cats made it to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final. Justin Azpiazu Special to the Miami Herald

Greg Cote

April 13, 2016 5:00 AM

Year of the Rat helped Florida Panthers win the hearts of fans

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Greg Cote has been a Miami Herald sports columnist since 1995 and also writes the Random Evidence blog and NFL predictions along with his notorious sidekick the Upset Bird. He has covered Hurricanes football (1984-88), the Dolphins (1990-91) and major events including Super Bowls, NBA Finals, World Series, Stanley Cup, Olympics and World Cup.
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