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Panthers Season Preview

Tuesday, 09.19.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
3 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
11 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
12 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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