The Hockey News has come out with their preseason prediction and for the Florida Panthers I can’t say I disagree. I know, I know, you would expect someone who writes for the Panthers to actually get pissed off and argue this and get all crazy and counter with reasons about how wrong they are. Such as “what the hell do you guys know, you picked them to finish 12th last season, as did I. You were wrong. They finished 14th! Ha!
Here’s the link to the entire story.
Well boys and girls who read this site, and that probably means all 4 of you, plus the Penguin fans whom always seem to show up when I disrespect them, the truth hurts! First and foremost and hopefully you’re bubble ain’t burstin, but the kitty kats won’t finish any higher than 14th tops! In addition there is 0.00000000000000001% chance we go to the playoffs.
I’m not making this post my official preseasn prediction, as that will come later just in case we make some huge acquisitions either via free agency, or trades. I wanted to at least make you aware of the media’s initial thoughts on the subject.
It’s going to be a long season. You’re going to need a lot of patience and alcohol to survive it. If you don’t expect too much, then you won’t be disappointed. That’s the key here. manage your expectations. Just like I tell my clients who have money in mutual funds. If you expect a 20% return, you’ll be disappointed. This season is no different. Expect the worst, plan for the worst, and if they do better, then opa! It will be viewed as progress.
Don’t get all whinny now. Leave that to Crosbitch. It’s tough for some to admit, but face reality. We have a roster that lacks a number of attributes that make a team successful. There’s ingredients that are missing and most likely won’t be addressed till next offseason. Go ahead and look at the roster from the Hockey News. I mean, who are some of these guys?
What’s missing? Not to go into detail, but let’s start with a right wing that can score. A power forward that can play on one of the top two lines. A fourth line player that can not only be pesky and aggressive, but can put the puck in the net a few times. Overall team toughness and a defensive system that keeps the average shots against below 30.
Faith in Dale Tallon is a given. He will get it done, unless the organEYEzation stands in his way, which hopefully they don’t. It’s just not going to be this year. So 15th isn’t all that far off. Face it, it can’t get any worse right?
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