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Blog 242: Looking Forward

Monday, 04.25.2011 / 1:42 PM / Blogs
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Blog 242: Looking Forward
It’s been more than two weeks since the end of the Florida Panthers regular season, and while I still maintain some feelings of disappointment at missing the playoffs, particularly as I’ve watched these exciting first round games, I find myself mostly focusing on the excitement and potential of the upcoming offseason.
 
Through my regular conversations with GM Dale Tallon, Assistant GM Michael Santos and Bill Torrey, I know they view the next few months as an incredible opportunity to remake this franchise the way they see fit. With the most flexibility in the league heading into the NHL Entry Draft and free agency, Dale has pledged to be aggressive in improving our team and setting us up to be successful both next season and in the future.
 
Dale and his staff will have the resources necessary to take the next step in his blueprint and infuse this team with more of the skill, size, speed and character that we require. Frankly, I wish we didn’t have to wait until late June for the action to get started.
 
Like many of our fans, I’m looking forward to seeing the make-up of our team that takes the ice on opening night 2011. And while the bulk of our offseason plan will take place during the Draft and free agency, you cannot discount what Dale and his staff have done recently in signing 2010 draft prospects Alex Petrovic, Quinton Howden and John McFarland to entry-level agreements. These are players that represent the future of our franchise, and our fans should be thrilled that they’ll have an opportunity to continue their development and compete for a roster spot next season.
 
Meanwhile, our hockey operations staff is spending a lot of time scouting in both the amateur and professional ranks, and knowing Dale and Michael as I do, there’s not going to be a better prepared group in the league once the offseason officially begins in June.
 
It’s an exciting time to be leading this organization. Our canvas is virtually clean, and with people like Dale Tallon, Michael Santos, Bill Torrey and others on the job, our fans should be greatly looking forward to watching the picture become more clear. I know I am.
 
Thanks to all of our fans for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you at some of our summer events.
UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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