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Blog 242: Looking Forward

Monday, 04.25.2011 / 1:42 PM ET / 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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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