George Parros is sleeping for the time being in a teammate's guest room. His family is 2,700 miles away, waiting for him to find their new home. He's learning about a new city and getting acclimated to a new locker room.
And on Saturday, he'll be making his debut for the Florida Panthers.
This hectic life-after-the-lockout schedule will be daunting for just about everyone in the NHL, and perhaps few more than Parros, the Panthers' new right wing. Well, ''new'' in that he signed a two-year contract with Florida on July 1, and a mere 6 1/2 months later Parros actually got to skate in a real practice with the Panthers for the first time.
The Panthers finally went back to work Monday, opening their on-ice portion of training camp a day later than most NHL teams did and several months later than originally planned because of the lockout. The 48-game regular season opens at home against Carolina on Saturday night.
''With the abbreviated schedule, the crunched camp here, a lot of teams...