Is the above message a motto for the Panthers?
The Florida Panthers while still in the playoff race for now, have some decisions to make I would think before the Olympic Break. Depending on how the next few games go will probably determine if they are buyers or sellers prior to the trade deadline. Are there opportunities present to make a move to improve? Have they already passed them by?
Carolina GM Jim Rutherford was quoted as saying, “It’s better to trade before the break, rather than after”. My guess would be it would give the newly acquired player(s) the off time to learn the new system and be ready to go once we resume play. Can’t say that I don’t agree. In light of that, what are the Panthers going to do, and what needs to happen over the next week or so to vault them further into playoff contention?
Or will they just sit on their hands and let things happen with what they have?
Think about these items:
Not suggesting a coaching change at this point, but St. Louis and Columbus two teams that made the playoffs last year have let their respective coaches go, as did the Flyers earlier this season. While I am not saying that DeBoer should be fired, but what if the Panthers don’t make it again. Is he a goner?
Calgary in the middle of a terrible slump as they come into the Bank Friday night, just inherited 6 players, 4 from one of the worst team in the NHL, for a young defenceman with a ton of promise, Dion Phanuef. Why? Brian Burke the GM for the Leafs mentioned that while Dion was not on the block a few months ago, he heard from another GM just before making the trade that Dion was offered elsewhere. I would hate to think that we may have had a chance to get this kid, wouldn’t you?
The scoring slump that the Panthers are in could be detrimental to their playoff hopes if not resolved. Rhino, Weiss, Frolik, Stillman, Moore, and a rusty David Booth must start to find the net soon. Not to mention grunts like Kreps and Campbell. Who is the guy to get us out of this?
Are we finally at the point where we realize that we need an offensive weapon? Or are we going to wait for Horton to come back, and then when we still have trouble scoring and winning, tell everyone that injuries hurt our chances of making the playoffs for TEN CONSECUTIVE years?
Tomas Vokoun is playing the best hockey he has played since coming to South Florida. Does he keep it up, and how much longer are we going to continue to try and win 1-0?
Ilya Kovalchuk. If you are the Florida Panthers do you make a run for him, or do you pass? It’s evident that The Thrashers will be dealing him in the next few days. Want him or not? And for who?
If the season was over right now, the Panthers would once again miss the playoffs by one point. Has Randy Sexton done his job? My opinion no.
So the lack of pressure to win here makes the Panthers organization seem as though they don’t put enough emphasis on winning, and more on adverstising. That being said, what’s it going to take to realize that we cannot continue putting a team on the ice that’s not competitive enough?
I love this game. I want to love this team. However I can’t understand why things never change. Except the suits.
Thanks for reading.