Expect Florida Panthers to be big players in offseason
If the past few weeks are any indication, we can expect the Florida Panthers to have an active offseason.
Between trading Erik Gudbranson for Jared McCann and trading away the contract of Marc Savard, the Panthers have accumulated almost an extra 8 million dollars in cap space. They also have unrestricted free agents Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell, among others, coming off the books. Willie Mitchell also retired, but it is uncertain, at least to my knowledge, the cap ramifications of that.
After suffering a disappointing loss at the hands of the Islanders in Round 1, it’s no secret that new general manager Tom Rowe and his crew will want to advance further into the playoffs. Dale Tallon is no longer (necessarily) in charge, but his bold actions at the trade deadline could be a foreshadowing for what is to come.
I would look to the Panthers to be big players for top free agent forwards such as Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo.
Rowe also has a number of assets he could use to improve his team, including the #35 overall pick acquired from Vancouver.