Tuesday, July 26, 2022

What Florida Panthers Need to do to Remain a Contender

The Florida Panthers juggernaut of an offense last season, but not after losing a few key players in free agency and trading for Matthew Tkachuk, it seems like the Florida Panthers aren't as good a team heading into next season as they were in 2021-22. Here is what the Florida Panthers need to do to remain a contender.



Florida Panthers make a few trades:

Florida Panthers trade Sergei Bobrovsky to the LA Kings for Jonathan Quick, Gabriel Vilardi, 3rd round pick '23. Florida retains 50% of Bobrovsky's contract.

The Panthers are able to move Sergei Bobrovsky but they have to retain 50% of the contract; this is the best that Florida can hope for with a deal involving Bobrovsky.


Florida also trades Anthony Duclair and Brandon Montour to the Dallas Stars for Jani Hakanpaa,  '24 2nd.

The Panthers move some salary of their books, while at the same time adding some depth and physicality to their blueline.


Florida Panthers acquire Bryan Little from Arizona Coyotes for Aleksi Heponiemi.

The Panthers are able to add a little bit of wiggle room by acquiring Bryan Little, who still is on the books for 5.29 million for two more years.

Florida Panthers acquire Erik Brannstrom from Ottawa Senators for '23 2nd, '25 3rd.

Erik Brannstrom is a young puck-moving defenseman, who has a very high upside, but he has a lot of competition in Ottawa, so this trade makes sense for both teams.


Florida Panthers sign the Following players:

Erik Brannstrom-2yrs/2.75M per


All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Florida Panthers




C.Verhaeghe-A.Barkov-M.Tkachuk

R.Balcers-S.Bennett-S.Reinhart

G.Vilardi-A.Lundell-Co.White

N.Cousins-E.Luostarinen-P.Hornqvist


G.Forsling-A.Ekblad

E.Brannstrom-R.Gudas

M.Staal-J.Hakanpaa

S.Knight

J.Quick


The Florida Panthers now have a team that is a borderline playoff team in the Atlantic Division, but because they made moves to free up cap space, they could add some pieces at the deadline to make a strong push and have a monster second half.

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