I know, the season hasn’t even started yet and I’m already calling for offensive reinforcements! It’s just that everytime I look at the potential lines and the potential mixture of how things will shakeout, I feel as though General Assistant Manager Randy Sexton and Head Coach Peter DeBoer are going to be searching for offense.
Obviously calling Pavel Bure is out of the question (is it?), but after the Sunrise Express Line of Weiss, Booth and Horton, there isn’t much scoring left. Yes, Cory Stillman should be good for about 20 goals, and hopefully he stays healthy this year. Second year forward Michael Frolik hopefully can get about 20-25. But after that, the Panthers are banking on career years from alot of players. Again! That is what scares me.
As all Panther fans know, since the Russian Rocket left town earlier this decade, the Panthers have been suffering for offense, let alone a pure goalscorer, sharpshooter, guy who can bury the puck! This type of player could be the one thing keeping them from making the playoffs. Well, besides solid goaltending, giving up less shots, and being able to win a couple more shootouts.
In closing, I would suggest to Pavel that you cut back on the coffee, give up the cigarettes for the time being and start working on your “dekes“. I have a bad feeling we’re going to need you. And since you sometimes show up and sit in the owners box directly behind me, if they don’t ask you to dress, I might!
Thanks for reading!