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Panthers Season Preview

Tuesday, 09.19.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Season Preview

Analysis by Phil Coffey for NHL.com

Well, that was certainly a quiet, uneventful summer for the Florida Panthers, wasn't it?

Yikes! Not only were the Panthers involved in a good, old-fashioned blockbuster trade, sending goalie Roberto Luongo to the Vancouver Canucks for power forward Todd Bertuzzi, but on the eve of training camp there was a changing of the guard in the front office, with Mike Keenan leaving his general manager's post and head coach Jacques Martin adding the GM's title to his resume.

Finishing out of the playoffs for the fifth-straight season despite a winning record, Panthers management realized changes were necessary and became even more urgent when Luongo opted against signing a long-term contract with the club, opening up the possibility of the goalie departing as a free agent.

The Panthers received goalie Alex Auld in the deal for Luongo and then signed veteran Ed Belfour, giving the Panthers an entirely new look in goal.

There were changes on defense too, as Sean Hill signed with the Islanders and Lukas Krajicek went to the Canucks in the blockbuster. So, the Panthers signed a veteran defenseman of their own in Ruslan Salei, who had played his entire career with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Panthers hope Bertuzzi will juice up the offense in a big way. Only team captain Olli Jokinen surpassed 60 total points last season, so there is a significant need to add more goals to the ledger if the Panthers are to make a big enough move up the standings to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Click here to read the complete Panthers analysis at NHL.com.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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