There were few teams who were more active than the Florida Panthers on the first few days of July this off-season. With the NHL imposing a new cap floor, GM Dale Tallon felt the need to spend as much as he could and Florida how has a roster that consists of players who were second or third liners for other teams last year. All these signings and trades did was put Florida in an awful financial position and it's going to be even uglier a few years down the road. What about this year, though? As bad as a lot of these signings were, Florida appears to have a better team than they did last year but is it good enough to get them into the playoffs? To sum things up quickly; No. Not even close.
Florida wasn't an awful team in terms of possession (49.7% 5v5 corsi w/ score tied), but they lost one of the best goalies in the league and replaced him with a rookie and someone who was a back-up last season. They also remain without a star player and are trying to fix what was one of the worst powerplays in the league. It's going to be a long process until they get things going in the right direction.no comments