There have been rumors floating around for a while now that the Florida Panthers were going to be relocated to somewhere in Canada; if the Florida Panthers were to be relocated, they should be relocated to Quebec, because they still have a passionate hockey fanbase.
To prepare the Panthers for their move up north, they need to make the team look better on paper.
Before the 2021 draft, the Panthers make two trade:
Florida Panthers acquire Vladimir Tarasenko from the St.Louis Blues for Anthony Duclair, Owen Tippett, Henrik Borgstrom, and a 2021 1st round pick.
The Panthers get Vladimir Tarasenko, a superstar sniper, while the Blues get Anthony Duclair, a top 6 winger as well as Owen Tippett and Henrik Borgstrom, two top prospects, and a 1st round pick.
The Panthers also trade Frank Vatrano, Vinnie Hinostroza, Anton Stralman, 2nd rd pick '21 to the Carolina Hurricanes for Nino Neiderreiter, Brock McGinn.
The Panthers get Nino Niederreiter, a solid top 6 forward, and Brock McGinn, a solid top 9 forward; while the Hurricanes get Frank Vatrano, Vinnie Hinostroza, two solid role players, Anton Stralman, a valuable veteran Defenseman, and a 2nd round pick.
The Florida Panthers will be relocated to Quebec before the 2021-22 season; causing the divisions to get shuffled around again.
After relocating to Quebec, they are renamed the Quebec Nordiques and will join the North Division, along with all the other Canadian teams.
The Quebec Nordiques make the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, only to get eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Before the 2022 draft, the Nordiques make two trades:
Quebec Nordiques trade Alexander Wennberg, Brett Connolly to the New York Rangers for Vitaly Kravtsov, 3rd rd pick '22.
The Nordiques get Vitaly Kravtsov, a stellar young winger and a 3rd round pick for Alexander Wennberg and Brett Connolly, two solid role players.
The Nordiques also trade Keith Yandle to the Detroit Red Wings for Dennis Cholowski and a 2022 2nd round pick.
The Red Wings get Keith Yandle, a steller offensive defenseman for Dennis Cholowski, a good young defenseman, and a 2nd round pick.
At the 2022 draft, Quebec Nordiques trade picks 20, 52 to the Calgary Flames for pick 13.
The Quebec Nordiques draft Issac Howard and Kasper Kulonummi, two very good prospects to help the team in the future.
Quebec Nordiques re-sign the following players:
Alexander Barkov-8yrs/9.5M per
Vitaly Kravtsov-3yrs/3.5M per
Noel Acciari-3 yr deal
Aleksi Heponiemi-3 yr deal
Quebec Nordiques sign the following players:
Darnell Nurse-6yrs/5.75 M per
Josh Manson-6 yr/4.5 M per
The Quebec Nordiques make it to the Conference finals in the 2022-23 season, but get elimited in 6 games.
After the 2022-23 season, the Quebec Nordiques make two major trade:
Quebec Nordiques acquire Bowen Byram, Nazem Kadri from the Colorado Avalanche for Jonathan Huberdeau, Grigori Denisenko and a 1st round pick 2023.
The Nordiques get a franchise defenseman in Bowen Byram and a great 3rd line center in Nazem Kadri for Jonathan Huberdeau, a top prospect in Grigori Denisenko, and a 1st round pick.
Patric Hornqvist is traded to the Nashville Predators for the 2023 5th round pick.
Since Hornqvist is a free agent, the Nordiques should try to get something in return for him.
Quebec Nordiques re-sign a few players:
Vladimir Tarasenko-7 yr deal/9.5 M per
Anton Lundell-8yrs/5.75 M per
MacKenzie Weegar-5yrs/3.6M per
Dennis Cholowski-3yrs/3.5M per
Aleksi Saarela-2 yr deal
Quebec Nordiques sign Jason Zucker to a 5 yr deal worth 5.5 million per season
By the 2023-24 season, the Quebec Nordiques have built a contending team.
2023-24 Quebec Nordiques
The Quebec Nordiques cruise through the regular season in the 2023-24 season on route to their first-ever Stanley Cup. Three seasons after relocating to Quebec, the team not only is a legit contender but has already won a Stanley Cup.