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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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
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10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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