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Adding Veteran Help To The Lineup

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 2:00 PM
By Randy Moller - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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Adding Veteran Help To The Lineup

The Panthers “dip” into the NHL free agent “pool” has resulted in immediate dividends early this 2013-14 season.

Whether it be; the Collective bargaining agreement (CBA), team imposed salary caps, youth movement or compliance buy-outs, a lot of quality NHL players, in all positions, found themselves without a team late in the off-season and early in fall training camps. Panthers GM Dale Tallon aggressively signed/invited a handful of players, and has hit the jackpot on most, if not all of them.

Starting in goal, the decision to invite, and then the ultimately signing of two-time Vezina Trophy winner and Stanley Cup MVP Tim Thomas after the All Star’s self imposed “year-off sabbatical” brought skepticism around the circuit, but Timmy has been nothing short of spectacular in goal, staring in three of his six appearances, displaying his “battle at all costs” attitude and play.

Both Tom Gilbert and Matt Gilroy have fit in nicely in Coach Dineen’s blue line brigade, specializing in power play offence. Utility forward Jesse Winchester has proven his worth with aggressive penalty killing, fore checking, and face-offs. And where would the Cats be without “hired gun”, former 40-goal scorer Brad Boyes? He leads the Cats in goals, scoring chances, and salted away the Panthers shoot out win Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild with a nifty back hand move in the shootout.

The Panthers “Blueprint” is still based on the young guns like Jonathan Huberdeau, Erik Gudbranson, Aleksander Barkov, and others, but the decision to add immediate help through free agency to allow their other top prospects to develop further in the AHL will pay off down the road. That plan by Dale Tallon and company will be an exercise other teams will adopt in the near future. Welcome to the new NHL.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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